Monday, December 15, 2014

Investing in Your Relationships

Perspective is a funny thing, isn't it?

It varies to where you are in your life in each and every moment. Your perspective shifts from each of these experiences and it's proactive of where you need to be when you achieve, or sometimes, don't achieve what you want. You adapt, and your perspective shifts. I remember one time in my life when I had this moment.

I remember being in ICU because I had a standing heart rate of 183. It was stress induced, but when you are confronted by your own mortality for 3 days in a hospital bed, it puts things into a different perspective.

What I came up with was this....

I once thought time was the most valuable asset that we had as people. Because once you spent it, you could never buy it back, it held an invaluable price tag to it. And for the most part, that's true. Once time is gone, not even the richest person in the world can buy more of it. Yet, sitting in that hospital bed, I was aware that my time could come to an end at any given moment. In fact, we are ALL going to run out of time.

So in that moment, I realized that time wasn't the most valuable asset in my life. Sure, it was vital as a tool in my life, as I couldn't DO anything without it, but I realized that what I did with that time created something that nobody could take away from me.

-My relationships.

If I had 5 seconds to live, time would no longer be the most important thing in my life. My perspective then shifted to the relationships I had, and how I Loved and supported the people in my life.

Relationships truly are the only true currency in life.

Looking back, I see how frivolous I was in investing in the tools to create the wonderful relationships I had created in my life. How petty everything seemed that I had toiled and worked for in my life! Cars, homes, jobs, trips. All fun things, yet they held no value whatsoever in comparison to what I would be remembered for in my life's legacy.

I realized that I complained about not having enough, or what I wanted. Yet, I was always given what I needed. That's when a feeling of gratitude overcame me. Landing in the ICU was one of the greatest gifts I was ever given. I made promises that day that I wouldn't have made previously, with abilities I didn't even have at the time. But I had the commitment to keep those promises, and it lead me to a new path, new teachers, new communities, and new results.

The journey for me has just started. This event happened 5 years ago to me, and it changed my life. The perspective shifted, and so did the outcomes in my life. And sure, things aren't perfect in my life. But inside of them not being perfect, I am content with how workable life can be when you don't get what you think you want. That's part of the beauty in the journey, isn't it?

After all, Life is a Journey, isn't it? -The Journey of a Lifetime ;)

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