Not long ago I watched a Charlie Rose retrospective on some of the famous people we lost in 2016. It’s one of my favorite shows of the year because it fills me with a wide range of emotions. Saddened by the loss, my heart also swells with the beauty and love of a well-lived life. And on a spiritual level I connect for a moment with that person’s energy as they move on from this world to their next adventure.
Invariably what happens when I watch a retrospective show is that it always brings me back to me. I guess that’s kind of normal. The show ends and the credits roll and here I am sitting in a chair wondering about my own life. I have all of these unique gifts that I brought with me when I showed up on this planet, but am I using them to make a positive difference? Am I enjoying my life? Am I having fun? Am I spending my precious moments and breaths on things that really matter to me?
An under-appreciated and often forgotten part of our earthly adventure is that we don’t know how long it will last. The Charlie Rose lesson for me is that we need to use the unique gifts that we have for the time that we have, so that we can maximize the joy, love and beauty in our lives. We need to do work that nourishes our souls. And we need to make a difference in the lives of the people around us.
At the end of Charlie’s show I asked myself the question I am asking you now: If you were part of a retrospective on people we lost in 2017, and your picture flashed on the television screen with the years of your birth and death, what would Charlie Rose say about your life?
More importantly, what would your life say about you?