Pausing to Ponder Mortality

imageTo Quote David Bowie:  “As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three.  How long? And what do I do with the time I’ve got left?  I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.”

Bowie’s death this week is a wake up call for us to pause and ponder our own mortality.  It begs the question: “How long will I live?”

None of us know the exact answer to that question.  However, we can determine what we want to do with whatever time we have left on this earth.

To this end, our book club has chosen to read Atul Gawande’s best seller, “Being Mortal.”  When we gather to discuss this ground-breaking book, we will open ourselves up to share what it means for each of us to live our best life as we face the growing awareness of our mortality.

Dr. Gawande’s work will guide our conversation and help us set our intentions and goals for the future.  As he says: “Our ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death but a good life to the very end.”

I invite you to read “Being Mortal” and then to share your thoughts with trusted friends and family members.  Its never too early to have these conversations, but there may come a time when it is too late for them to make a difference.  So take the time to pause and ponder your mortality with those you love.  It may be one of the most meaningful gifts you give yourself and your loved ones as we begin this new year.