ADVICE

Sobering subject: the inevitability of death

Most of us will make an effort to improve our lifestyle in an effort to forestall that which we know is lying in wait. Picture: Shutterstock
Most of us will make an effort to improve our lifestyle in an effort to forestall that which we know is lying in wait. Picture: Shutterstock

As we age the issue of mortality assumes an increasing prominence.

The inevitability of death is a sobering subject.

The older we get the more of it we will see around us. Death intrudes on our life.

Most of us will make an effort to improve our lifestyle in an effort to forestall that which we know is lying in wait. We will eat better. Exercise more. Most of us want more time.

For some, death becomes an obsession.

They become so fearful that they lose perspective. They forget to live.

None of us knows how much time we have.

Daily we are witness to both misadventure and miracle.

The unexpected can often be most unwelcome.

The light and shade in our daily lives is controlled by where we choose to focus our attention. It's our choice.

We can spend far too much time and emotional energy worrying about things beyond our control.

Diverting that same amount of time and emotional energy to those things that are within our control can be life-changing especially when we accept the truth that the only thing we can truly control is ourself.

It's important we take the time to self-reflect and self-assess to ensure our decisions and actions are making the most valuable use of whatever time it is that we have.

  • Gary Bentley is a Rural Aid counsellor.