A New Perspective


Will There Be A Tomorrow ?

Once in a while, one stumbles upon something that serves as an eye-opener. Something that forces you to introspect and develop a new perspective on things that we take for granted. Today was such a moment for me. I was logged into Facebook when a news-feed appeared on my wall. I follow the author and motivational speaker, Robin Sharma, and he had shared a video link from TED, with this remark – “Perspective. One of my favorite words. Watch this inspirational video and you’ll get what i mean..”

And that’s exactly what I did. I watched the video recommended by him and it certainly changed my perspective on life, and on the people and things that we take for granted. it forced me to think, and think hard. So moved was I by the experience that I decided to blog about it immediately – because what if there was no tomorrow? A sense of urgency descended upon me, and here I am now, a few minutes later, typing out my thoughts to share with you.

The video that so inspired and motivated me was a short talk by Ric Elias, a survivor of the US Airways flight 1549’s emergency landing that took place on 15 January 2009. In a tremendous demonstration of his flying abilities, the pilot managed to land on the water in one piece – a feat that no pilot would ever wish to emulate.

Ric Elias spoke about the thoughts that flashed through his mind as the plane was going down and how his whole life changed in those few short minutes. I do not have adequate words to describe my feelings as I watched the video and listened to Ric speak and I would actually prefer that you watched the video yourself. I am embedding the video right here for your convenience. And I must warn you, that clicking on the play button could change your perspective too, as it did mine.

We tend to take life for granted, and because we take life for granted, we tend to take things easy. We act as if we have forever to accomplish what we want to accomplish. The question that we need to ask ourselves constantly is – Will there be a tomorrow ? And I’m sure we all know the answer to that one. The only problem is, we don’t answer that question honestly enough.

And what if tomorrow never comes ? Would we leave this world without telling our loved ones how much we loved them ? Would we watch our kids grow up and become the individuals that we want them to become ? Would we ignore the simple joys of life in pursuit of material things that may not matter so much ? Would we actually ever live a happy life ?

Obviously, we are not doing things right. As Ric Elias says, we waste time on things that did not matter with people that matter. Instead of telling them how much we care for them, and how much they mean to us, we allow our egos to get in the way and neglect relationships. AND if tomorrow never comes, these very people who matter so much to us will go through the rest of their lives believing that they did not matter to us. Because we never tell them so. Because we think there’s enough time to do that. We tend to allow negative energy to shape our thoughts and our lives, and I know that from now on, from this very moment on, I have to work on removing this negative energy from my life.

All of us may not be lucky enough to see a miracle like Ric did, but the least we can do is to learn from his miracle. We need to spend more time with our loved ones, and tell them as often as we can, that how much they mean to us, and how much we care for them. Instead of focusing on just our careers and whatever else we consider to be important in life, we also need to focus on our relationships. Ric sums it all up beautifully when he says “I no longer try to be right; I choose to be happy.” And that, to me, is a whole new perspective on life and relationships. The simple joys of life that we normally choose to ignore are waiting to be discovered…

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  1. Today, I received something in my mail from a friend of mine which absolutely reinforces what I wrote, and I would like to share it with you.

    Makes a tremendous amount of sense… Here is the mail, reproduced verbatim below:

    A thought-provoking message….

    A friend of mine opened his wife’s closet and picked up a silk paper wrapped package:

    ‘This, – he said – isn’t any ordinary package.’

    He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box.

    ‘She got this the first time we went to New York , 8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on , was saving it for a special occasion.

    Well, I guess this is it.

    He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died.

    He turned to me and said:

    ‘Never save something for a special occasion.

    Every day in your life is a special occasion’.

    I still think those words changed my life.

    Now I read more and clean less.

    I sit on the settee without worrying about anything and just relax.

    I spend more time with my family & friends and less at work.

    Money is to be spent not saved.

    I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through.

    I no longer keep anything.

    I use crystal glasses every day.

    I’ll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it.

    I don’t save my special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I want to.

    I go out with my friends whenever I want to rather than thinking I don’t have the spare money or time.

    The words ‘Someday…’ and ‘ One Day….’ are fading away from my dictionary.

    If it’s worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now…

    I don’t know what my friend’s wife would have done if she knew she wouldn’t be there the next morning, this nobody can tell.

    I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends.

    She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels. She might have told everyone how much she loved them.

    I’d like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favourite food.

    It’s these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come..

    Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.

    Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no-one.

    If you got this, it’s because someone cares for you and because, probably, there’s someone you care about.

    If you’re too busy to send this out to other people and you say to yourself that you will send it ‘One of these days’ , remember that ‘One day’ is far away… or might never come…

    No matter if you’re superstitious or not, spend some time reading it.

    It holds useful messages for the soul.

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