This morning I read this article. It's a short phrase that stood out: simple beauty of life. This reiterates a common thread from many others with severe illness or little time left. Notably former CMU Professor Randy Pausch, who died of cancer, who left a lasting impression with his last lecture. Mitch Albom wrote a popular book, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, about a life's reflection and purpose.
Admittedly, I spend too much time thinking about this. We witness others discover their life meaning through their challenges. Do we lack that focus and vision until we're faced with grave life circumstances? I regret I don't have the urgency as those desperate folks who have little or no time left to fulfill it. It seems simple beauty is something each person must find during their journey.
To that end, I strive to always value the simple beauty of life. I must apply that focus and not succumb to that which distracts from it. It requires being present in life. Don't sweat the small stuff. And, maintain awareness that my actions affect others. Accepting difficulty and moving on from it. And, challenging myself to not lose sight of the beauty in life.
As the journey continues, others will measure my life's success through my accomplishments. But, self worth comes from a dedication to that which is most important. A simple beauty of life.