“Aspire to Inspire Before You Expire”

I love this quote! A gentleman brought it up during a book discussion with me several years ago, and I hear it repeated occasionally. I wrote it down in my book of quotes, which I keep on my desk and refer to almost daily. For a long time, I misunderstood the words. I was thinking in too lofty terms and was missing the point.

I’m hearing more and more often too these days that we all need to live life to its fullest because we never know what tomorrow might bring. I couldn’t agree more and don’t need to write that one down.

To me, living life to its fullest is loving unconditionally, talking often to my wonderful family, learning something new every day, looking for challenges, taking risks, smiling at strangers, and being a good friend.
I also try to thank people who help make my life comfortable: grocery clerks, taxi drivers, service men and women, sales clerks, trash collectors. I got that inspiration from the Dali Lama in one of the many books he’s written. Before he leaves a hotel, he said, he makes a point to stop by and talk to the staff – particularly the housekeepers – to thank them for making his stay so comfortable. He asks his readers to consider how different their lives would be without all of the people who surround us who see to it that things get done – things that we don’t want to do and probably couldn’t. He’s inspirational. Among other things, he inspired me to try to make little differences in people’s lives before I get too old and crotchety.

Other people have said things like, “Life is a journey, not a destination,” and that “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” How true. So…let’s get out there tomorrow and the day after and the day after that and live life to its fullest and, in doing so, be inspirational in lots of big and small ways.

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