When someone suddenly dies, whether it’s family, friend or a famous person like Kobe Bryant, it often serves as a wake-up call. We’re reminded of how fragile and finite life is and, hopefully, inspired to take action.
As poet Mary Oliver asks us, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Here are some actions to consider:
- Reach out to that special someone so you can begin to repair a broken relationship.
- Schedule a medical check-up so you “know your numbers” and can make some healthy changes now.
- Research what it takes to get an advanced degree, certification, promotion or your own business and take the next first step.
- Drop or delegate the unnecessary obligations that weigh you down so you can enjoy better balance.
What’s your wake-up call action?
4 thoughts on “Another Wake-up Call”
Shaquille O’Neal said the day after Kobe died he called anyone he had a “beef” with and repaired the relationship.
For me, I am making sure to be more present with my family and make sure they know how much I love them every day.
It seems we all struggle with being more present. I find that “listening with a pen,” by holding your hand like you’re holding a pen to take notes, helps me focus on the person without getting so distracted.
I quote Mary Oliver in my Time Management course. I love her poetry. Did you know she just died a year ago this month?
“In 2012, Oliver was diagnosed with lung cancer, but was treated and given a “clean bill of health”. She ultimately died of lymphoma on January 17, 2019, at her home in Florida at the age of 83.”
What a wonderful poet!
I’ve always loved that quote but have never read her poems, Donna. I will now!