My current favorite podcast is Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations. (The Tony Robbins, Brene Brown, and Glennon Doyle episodes are three of my favorites).
All the episodes are about thirty minutes long. They are the perfect length for a half hour workout.
Today while I was on the elliptical, I listened to the Michael Singer episode. He’s the author of the book The Untethered Soul (affiliate).
I’d never heard of Michael Singer or this book until today.
I wanted to share my favorite part of the podcast (which is also an excerpt from his book):
It’s truly a great paradox that one of the greatest teachers in all of life turns out to be death. No person or situation could ever teach you as much as death has to teach you. While someone could tell you that you are not your body, death shows you.
While someone can remind you of the insignificance of the things you cling to, death takes them away in a second. While people can teach you that men and women of all races are equal and there’s no difference between the rich and the poor, death instantly makes us all the same.
The question is, are you going to wait until that last moment to let death be your teacher?
Let’s say you’re living your life without the thought of death and the Angel of Death comes to you and says, “Come, it’s time to go.”
And you say, “But NO! You’re supposed to give me a warning so I can decide what I want to do with my last week. I’m supposed to get one more week.”
Death will say, “My God, I gave you 52 weeks this past year alone! And look at all the other weeks I’ve given you. Why would you need one more? What did you do with all of those?”
If asked that, what are you going to say? How will you answer it?
I wasn’t paying attention? I didn’t think it mattered?
That’s a pretty amazing thing to say about your life.
Whoa. I had a little wake up call on the elliptical today.
And I’m gonna get that book.
And that’s your reminder for today.
Are you paying attention?
Your life is meant to be enriched, fulfilling and meaningful.
If it’s not, snap out of it, figure sh*t out, and make some changes.
Don’t wait until that last moment to let death be your teacher.