Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Near-Death? More Life!

We all saw it, that amazing photo of the plane that went down in the Hudson the other day. All those lucky people standing on the wings of US Airways flight 1549 as it slowly sank into the icy water. Survivors with nothing more than damp shoes and socks as a reminder of what could have been as ferryboats arrived to motor them back to dry land. The pilot, expertly and swiftly reacting to a flock of geese that took out not one but both engines, a reluctant hero. A horrible disaster averted. Elation, rather than tragedy, painting the faces of not only those who survived and their relieved families, but a recharged country, and world, desperately in need of some good news for a change.

I think I speak for many of you out there when I say that watching your life flash before your eyes, or vicariously viewing it through the eyes of those survivors of that doomed flight, reinvigorates your life. It makes you grateful, true, but also reminds us of the precariousness of life, the gift that we are given every day that allows us to breathe, to live. It also, no doubt, forces us to take accountability for our actions, our lives--are we living our lives, every day, the best we can? And why does it all too often take a near-death experience for us to embrace this precious and fragile thing called life?

Have you ever had a near-death experience? I have, a few of them.



Besides feeling relieved and elated, frightened and thankful, what else can we learn from near-death experiences? The answer, as always, can be found in this blog and my video site, livelife365.com.

LIVE LIFE!
EVERY DAY,
EVERY WAY.


Life, being a precious commodity, should never be taken for granted, and certainly never wasted. But so many of us, myself, at times, included, do just that. We need a near-death, or more optimistically put, a miracle, to awaken inside us what most of us already know. Why is that? I’m not sure, but I feel that sometimes life, with its repetition and routine, its nightly news forecasts of financial doom, war, uncertainty, and sadness, wears us down. To the point of forgetting how wonderful life actually is. And while most of us try to look at the more positive sides of life, we still, more times than we like to admit, forget to greet each day as an opportunity to do something great, practicing patience and kindness, being positive and enterprising, and embracing the gift that has been bestowed upon us. Because, like it or not, we are not going to get out of this alive.

Bringing us back to that miraculous landing on the Hudson that could have started this new year with tragedy, rather than hope. And reminding us how lucky we are.

Now, what are you going to do about it?

Huh?

We just got a fantastic wake-up call. Well, time to wake up, right?

Right. Wake up and not only smell the coffee (or green tea), but embrace this miracle called life every day. To its fullest. By being the best we can be and doing all that we can to live our lives 365.

Until next time…


peace,

Mike

21 comments:

kRiZ cPEc said...

Nice post and that pilot did a great job.

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

You are so right about living each day optimistically and making the most of life! I had a couple near-death experiences myself. On moment, and everything can change forever. I don't generally watch much news--it is usually just depressing. I have started reading the paper though last year and same is true there. It's really not a good way to start one's day.

Evelyn Lim said...

I agree that it is best to live life fully right this moment. We are often stuck in the past or worried about the future. We add years to our lives but not life to our years. It's time to come alive!!!

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I live life to the fullest every single day. I always have. It's a precious gift to be cared for.

Have a terrific day Mike. :)

Paul Eilers said...

When I first saw the headline about an airliner going down in the Hudson, my initial reaction was, "Oh no!"

But the more I learned about what happened, and how all survived, I found myself being extremely thankful to the skill of the pilot as well as to God.

We can't take things for granted. Like you say, live life 365 days a year.

lunaticg said...

Hi!
Near death experience is something that not everyone will not experience it. A great story by you is making me want to live my life to the maximum.
See you around.

Mike Foster said...

kriz: yes, that pilot is a true hero

karen: lately i've been skimming over the bad parts of the newspaper...

evelyn: i like that, "add life to our years..." (may have to steal it someday)

sandee: you seem like you do live life to its fullest, way to go!

paul: it seemed to me that the miraculous landing of that jet, rather than being just another disaster in the world news, was a message from god, telling us that things may not be as bad as they seem...we can still believe in something

lunaticg: we all should strive to live life to the max...


peace,

mike

Eric S. said...

Soo true, Not much else to be said. Great post Mike.

Sharon Wilson said...

Nice post. It's when things like that happen that we tend to reflect more on the preciousness and fragility of life. As a spiritual life coach part of my focus is to teach how to master success and personal growth but the foundation to this is to inspire my clients to live life with spirit, heart, grace and gratitude.

HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

You are right about those near death experiences. They kind of jolt you into getting with it.

Sam said...

Hi Mike,

Its been a while that I have been not visited. Let's enjoy life each day. Thinking of the present situation would be great. Past is past and the future will shape on it's own.

Dori said...

I agree Mike...when I saw all of those wonderful people standing on those wings...I let out a sigh of relief and let out a thank you to the universe. We needed some good news and we got some GREAT news! It renewed my hope :) I say...Live life 365 as you say Mike!

Mark Salinas said...

"Life, being a precious commodity, should never be taken for granted, and certainly never wasted." So, so true! Thanks for this! :)

ARTs Musings said...

I don't watch the news (because there's not alot of good news) so I was late in hearing about the plan going down.

I was so (pleasantly) surprised when the media reported all that had gone right instead of focusing on the negativity and drama. Often I've seen the news media try to dramatize a situation and make it more negative or fearful.

It doesn't just take a near death experience individually to realize how precious life is - we can witness it through others.

We have been given a gift - the gift of life. It's our responsibility to make it one of health, happiness, and prosperity - in all areas of our life - for us and for others.

Suzanne said...

Great post,

We surely need a reminder every once in a while. It is so easy to slip away into forgetting how simply wonderful life is.

mancai said...

hi,for my race call "abstain of the death before life span"

John Donland said...

I fully agree, thats a great article. Very inspiring!

MoneyEnergy said...

Yes, I saw that too, and you're right about needing the wake-up call... our lives are characterized by routine and habit. We seek novelty. But we seek to routinize things, too, in order to be more efficient. It's the habit-based living that also gets in the way. NDE's shake us up out of habits at really deep levels. It's interesting to think about.

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Bryan said...

Your post makes me live my life to the fullest even more and make the most out of it. Think of what the future awaits and forget on the past. Your post is so inspiring serves as an inspiration.