Life is Short

By David Geller   |   July 21, 2009

A friend of mine passed away recently in the prime of life.  Like myself, he was the dad of a college senior and a college freshman.  His daughter’s eulogy was moving and meaningful.  She reminisced about her dad’s quirks (and all us dad’s have our little quirks), how her Dad was her hero, and how important it was to tell the people in your life how much you love them every day.  After listening to this articulate poised young woman, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.

We have all experienced the death of a close friend, and during those times, we often comment that life is short.  Undoubtedly, that is true – the years fly by with increasing speed. Our acknowledgement that life is short is about more than the time we spend on earth.  It is also about how we choose to spend our time; how we choose to live our lives.  In those rare moments of clarity after receiving sobering news from a doctor, visiting a sick friend or attending a funeral, we understand that life is about more, much more, than work or money.  It is about the quality of our relationships with family and friends.  It is about using our God given unique ability to make a positive difference in the lives of others.  It is about learning and growing and having fun along the way.

The problem is these moments of clarity are often fleeting.  Before long, we are back to our old ways, running a million miles an hour, and not thinking about what really matters until the next sobering event occurs and we pause and comment that life is short.  Our challenge, my challenge to you, is to break this cycle – to take one small step to use your wealth to focus today on what matters most to you.

What does that mean?  It could mean spending some of your time and money to visit your parents, siblings, or an out of town friend.  It might be gathering your family together to contribute your combined talents to build a Habitat for Humanity home.  It could be as simple as taking an art class or a dancing class with your mate.  Maybe, just maybe, it means giving yourself an hour a week to pause, relax, and reflect on what matters most to you.

Help me honor my friend and his daughter.  Let me know what small step you will take to use all of your wealth and not just your money to create a richer more satisfying life.  Together we can break the cycle and start building lives that are truly worth living, and that would make my friend very happy.

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About the author:  David Geller is the co-creator of Guided Wealth Transformation™  a revolutionary new process that helps one use not just their wealth but all of their resources to create the life that they desire and enhance the lives of people  they care about. Learn more about David >. Learn more about Guided Wealth Transformation™>

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CEO David Geller co-founded the firm in 1991 and led the creation of Behavioral Wealth Management. Recognized on numerous prestigious "top financial advisor" lists, David is an in-demand speaker for professional groups and JOYN workshops. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post.

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