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Run For Your Life Redux

Updated on June 28, 2017
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years.


The basic premise of this TV show is very simple. What if you were told you only have a year to live. What would you do different with your life?

- June 2017


It is one of our human nature to focus on what we don't have rather than what we do have. Our mind and body have amazing powers to adjust and adapt to new situations. It is like the man who suddenly went blind and discover his hearing is much improved to help him cope with his disability.

The same goes with our view on life. A glass of water can be half empty or half full. It depends on our attitude. What if we can tap into that power of positive thinking?

A wise man once said, I never came across a person on his deathbed wishing he had spent more time at his office... you get the idea.

"What If?" is the big question.

What if you only have a year left on earth. What would you do different if anything? Can you trick your mind to believe it and thereby unleashing the hidden power you have within?

It is like the plecebo effect. It is a well documented phenomenon in medicine. There is a certain portion of the population that will get better from an ailment when given a suger pill. The mere thought of something that can cure them leads them to become cured.

How Can It Work?

Start with the small things. I noticed this when, one day, I hurt one of my finger on my left hand. Being left handed, this was an inconvenience. As I go about my day, I begin to adapt the way I work...such as typing on the computer or eating... soon, I did not notice it anymore. A small step may be as simple as tying your fingers together. This small change can lead you to new discoveries.

It is the same concept we see over and over. How many books have been written by people who had experienced some form of tragedy or loss. They became a better person, with more compassion and zest for life afterwards and then wrote about them.

Our mind works in mysterious ways. Sometimes, a small thing can be overblown into a mountain or vice versa. It is like a sensitive machine. It needs periodic recalibration to work properly. A life changing event, such as a death or birth...can act as that calibration. It is easy to forget what really matters in this world. We take things for granted until we loose it.

In the Bible, it talks about the parable of the one lost sheep or coin. We can learn about that same message. By hiding one item of value, we can find the true meaning behind it.


In summary, my message is simple. Try to live each day of your life as if it is your last...This way, there will never be any regrets when you are ready to go or taken. When we reach the pearly gates, lets face it with joy and confidence that you have lived your life to its fullest and that you have brought joy to others around you.

© 2017 Jack Lee


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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 

      17 months ago

      This is a nice warm and fuzzy article Jack. If I hadn't followed your previous posts I would be inclined to to believe you were heaven bound. However, I hardly think that anyone who supports a tyrannical Capitalist system, while denying the crimes against humanity that continue to be perpetrated by said system, could be bringing anything but more misery into the world. The Nazi's just like many American's, also believed that God was on their side.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      17 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Thanks for your kind words.

    • Carolyn M Fields profile image

      Carolyn Fields 

      17 months ago from South Dakota, USA

      I have no doubt that you will reach those pearly gates my friend.


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