"He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much."

  Bessie Anderson Stanley


If the events of last week have taught us anything, they have reminded us to live each day to the fullest. We were never promised our full "four score and ten."

Even before the attack last week, I was reminded that our lives are too often cut short. My wife is a nurse, and she told me about a young man, age 44, who recently went to his doctor with a summer cold.  He had a cough and couldn't get rid of it, so the doctor gave him some pills and told him to come back if it didn't get better.

It didn't get better, so the man went back.  They ran some tests, and discovered that the man has been walking around with lung cancer for months, perhaps even years. He is married, with three small children, and now knows that he has only two, or perhaps three, weeks to live.

There is a wonderful quote that urges us to make plans as if we'll live forever, but to live as if we'll die tomorrow.

The truth is that today - this one day! - is the only one we really have.  Let us use it well!

The rubble of Lower Manhattan sends a wake-up call to live with enthusiasm and to do the things you must do in this life!

It sends a challenge to love with gusto and to tell the peopleyou love how much you treasure them! Out of the dust comesa challenge to say the words, take the risks, make theinvestments, and experience the richness of life!

It reminds us that life is short, and we often get no advance notice when our ticket expires.

True success is a combination of "having" and "being."

Success includes earning money and buying nice things, having a home we are proud of, and leaving something to our children and those who follow.

But success is also about "being." It's about being a person others can love and respect. It's about living and loving every moment of our lives, and being honest with ourselves, and with others. It's about being silly, being in love, being proud, and about grieving when it is our turn to grieve.

There is a huge lie in modern culture that claims, "He who dies with the most toys wins."  It is NOT true, my friends!

The truth is that "Those who die with some nice toys, lots of friends, fond memories, a few embarrassments, and a smile on their face, are the true winners in life."

There will be many ways to honor those who were killed and injured last week.  It is vital that we support them and their families in very tangible ways, and it will be important that we come together for memorials and times of remembrance.

But I propose that an even greater way to honor their memory is to commit ourselves to living up to our fullest potential.

In this moment of sorrow and tragedy, challenge yourself to care, to live, and to love with a renewed and outrageous enthusiasm. Pursue your dreams as if you could not possibly fail!  We cannot turn back the clock, but we can live our lives with passion, with honor, with integrity and vigor!

Let us truly live every moment of our lives.

Written by Dr. Philip E. Humbert.  Visit his website for over 250 pages of articles, Top 10 lists, humor, quotes, and tools for your success!  There are three FREE e-books, and he writes

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This week say the words, take the risks, make the investments, and experience the richness.

Live fully and honor those who are gone.

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