Monday, July 28, 2014

Live—and learn

I don't know about you, but I love inspirational quotes. I have a desk calendar with a new one each day. It's a great start to my day. I really like a quote that appeared earlier this month, and it's from Mahatma Gandhi: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

As a lifelong learner myself, of course, that really spoke to me. There's so much out there to learn—things about the universe and the world around you, things about others who inspire you, things about topics near and dear to your heart, and coming even closer to home, things about yourself and how you operate. Until we take our final breath, we won't run out of opportunities for learning.

Then there's that first sentence of Gandhi's quote. What if you knew you only had days or months to live? What would you do differently? Why not do that anyway? The truth is, we really don't know how many more days we have left on this earth. So let's fill them up with the things that are truly important to us. Follow your dreams. Live your passions. Express your joy. Live your values.

I think Gandhi had it right. What do you think?

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