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Greg Linster

It's powerfully moving to hear what people who know they're going to die soon or face near death experiences have to share with us. I've never heard any of these people mention that they wish had a bigger house or, for that matter, more money. Things just don't matter in the end. Even more sad is that it often seems that it's the pursuit of those things that rob people of life.

The pursuit of financial success shouldn't come at the expense of personal happiness. Thanks for that important reminder! Experiences and relationships trump things.

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

Thanks Greg.

Have you seen "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch? If not, it's a must. Here's a link to a post with his last lecture at Carnegie Mellon, along with some information I wrote about Near-Death Experiences (NDE's):

http://www.thefinancialphilosopher.com/2008/01/dying-to-live-1.html

Barry

Great thoughtful post. The idea is when you get to the end whenever that is not to have to look back with regrets but to be able to look back and gain satisfaction knowing you did the best you could with the life you had and realize that there are no regrets. Eckhart Tolle and Randy Pausch are regulars that I listen to in my car .Time spent listening to them and others like them is well spent it is good food for the mind better than the junk food put forth by the "shock Jocks".

J. Jones

How Death Changed a Man's Life - great title. after working in a nursin ghome for many years I can tell you that speaking with thte elderly you gain a whole new perspective on life an death.

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

@ Barry: I've just recently discovered Eckhart Tolle and Randy Pausch provided a wonderful example of the "death paradox" of living life fully in the face of death.

@ J. Jones: I once thought I'd encourage my children to volunteer at homeless shelters when they are teenagers but now I am convinced that they must volunteer in nursing homes so they may make a difference in the lives of others but to especially gain a valuable perspective on the value of their own life.

Maria

I have been writing about this topic for some time now. I think it's incredible that we have no desire to learn more about life by contemplating death. I put myself on my imaginary death-bed on more than one occasion and have had nothing but a positive outcome as a result. I think people in general opt for instant gratification over all else and as a result they are conditioned to dismiss the consequences of their actions today.

Maria Sherperr
Dublin University
The First Years Wave Stroller

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