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What life-changing experiences have you had and can you please describe them?

Updated on November 6, 2008

life can be shorter than we think

One job that I had a couple of years out of high school was working in a cemetery. One afternoon I was using a machine to trim the grass around headstones.

I never really thought too much about all of the people lying just below my feet; who they were and how they got there.

I stopped to adjust the machine, kneeling on a headstone, and happened to look at the name. It was the boy who had sat next to me all the way through junior high and high school in many of my classes. He was buried with his father. I saw the death date was the same so I surmised that they were probably in some sort of accident.

The lesson in this is that life is short and may well be much shorter than we think. It is a good idea to think and plan for the future but it is also a good idea to live some for today; there may not be a tomorrow.


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      Gary Eby 6 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Okay, you have good philosophy here; i.e. live in the now and make the best of the day. I'm a retired mental health counselor, addiction therapist, and life coach. I have seen people who suffer and are homeless respond to hope, faith, and new skills to cope with negativity. For me, these were miraculous life changing events. Peace and Light: Gary.

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      Amanda Severn 9 years ago from UK

      Hi Borsia,

      A good friend of mine died of cancer a few weeks ago aged 44 leaving two school aged children, a devoted husband, and many grieving family and friends. She knew she was ill for some time before her death, and she endeavoured to make every day as special as she possibly could. I guess there's nothing like a death sentence to focus your mind, and she will not be forgotten easily. Your hub actually reminds us though, that we don't always have advance warning, and that we should use our time on Earth both wisely and well.

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      Steve Andrews 9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for responding to my request, Borsia, with your thoughts and experience!