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How Life Lessons Have The Power To Shape Our Destiny

This post and video is a tribute to my Uncle lessons He fought the good fight until the end last week. I share with you the life lessons he taught me from his death bed. These life lessons changed my life and I pray they can impact yours.

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Life Lessons from the Death Bed of a Great Man

Today I want to tell you a story. I want to tell you a story of a great man. I want to share some life lessons with you that I’ve learned over the last few months spending some time with my Uncle Rick while he was on his death bed fighting cancer.

The time I spent with Uncle Rick had a profound impact on my life. This time really allowed me to take a look at my own life and see what’s important to me, see what I value, and what I can do to push my life forward.

I learned a lot from Uncle Rick.

My Uncle Rick was a person who always showered me with love. He was a person who treated me like I was his own child. He was a person who always made friends wherever he went. He lived his life the way that he wanted.

I learned a lot from him. My uncle got very sick with severe cancer. He had surgery to remove the cancer in March and had complications from the surgery.

Losing Loved Ones Puts Life in Perspective

Uncle Rick passed away last week, and we had to say bye to him. It was very sad, and very heart touching because we’re not going to be able to spend time with him anymore. But it is also also very peaceful because we know that he’s in a better place and he’s not suffering.

I wanted to share with you some of the life lessons that I learned from Uncle Rick.

What Can You Learn From Uncle Rick?

The day we got the final news update from the doctors I think was, it must have been either Memorial Day or the day before Memorial Day. The doctor came in to talk with my Uncle Rick, and I was there with him.

The doctor basically told him there was nothing else that they could do to make him better. They couldn’t fix his problem. His situation was not improving, and we needed to look at other alternatives like hospice.

It’s like a gut shot when you hear that. You know that you’re about to pass, that you’re not going to get better, you’re not going to heal, you’re body’s not going to bounce back.

It hit my Uncle Rick like a ton of bricks, and I’m sitting there with my uncle.

I am not sure why I asked my Uncle Rick this question, but it just came out of me. I suspect it is from all my time studying Tony Robbins material. We give meanings to situations based on the questions we ask ourselves.

After the doctor left the room, I just looked at my Uncle Rick and he was dazed. I said to him:

“What have you learned from all this? What can you teach me?”

He wasn’t looking at me when I asked him. He was zoned out most likely thinking about passing away. After I asked him, he whipped his head right at me and looked me dead in the eye with out blinking or flinching.

He told me:

“Live your life to the fullest in a positive way to the Lord Jesus Christ.”

I was taken back because although my Uncle Rick was a believer in the Lord he wasn’t super spiritual. He wasn’t a religious man by any means. He lived his life and he had fun. Everybody who knows Uncle Rick he had LOTS of fun. But in that moment he knew the Lord, and he knew was going there.

Standing there amazed by his wisdom and words, I held back my tears. I started to think about my life and ask myself if I was living life to the fullest.

That hit me because I’ve also questioned myself if I was playing big enough in my life? Am I settling in my life? Am I really stretching forward and pushing myself forward?

Life Lessons: Don’t Settle in Life

I think a lot of people are not living to the fullest. I think a lot of people are just going through motions. It’s sad because when those days hit you, when you’re on your deathbed and you can’t change the past, how are you going to say you lived your life.

You can change today! You can take control of your life! You can decide not to settle! You can push forward every day! This is one of the life lessons I’ve learned from my Uncle Rick.

Being with him almost every day in May was a blessing. It was hard because I have a lot going on and at the time my wife was 8 months pregnant.

But the reason why I was even able to be with him in May was because over the last few years I have decided to change my life and take control of my actions. I put myself in a position financially to not have a boss to have to ask for time off. I could just be there because I wanted to be there.

Life Lessons: Committing to Live Life to the Fullest

I made a commitment right there, and I told Uncle Rick, “I will live my life to the fullest, I’m not going to settle.” He looked at me and said calmly, “Don’t, don’t settle, live your life to the fullest Denny.”

I just appreciate the life lessons coming from someone who knows that they’re about to pass. He had the perspective to know all that mattered to them in that moment. It was great, great wisdom, and great information, and he had a great heart to care for me to tell me that.

Living Life with Regret

I don’t want to live a life of regret, and I think a lot of people don’t either.

I want to ask you a simple question, “Why are you settling then?”

Why are you not reaching for your dreams? What’s holding you back?

Everything’s available in this world. Everything is available. Money, finances, resources, relationships, everything’s available.

People don’t get what they want because they’re not resourceful. They don’t ask better questions. When I was in that moment with Rick when the doctor came in, I could have bawled, and I could have made him feel bad. I just basically asked him, what can you teach me from your experience in life?

Life Lessons: Power in Your Questions

Very powerful because he did teach me. He taught me so many life lessons.

Life Lessons from a Young AgeMy Uncle Rick always loved me like I was his own child. Always! He always had friends wherever he went places, because he always loved on people. Always!

This impacted me because that’s how I want to be. I want people to know that I love them. I want people to know that I care for them. I want people to know that I’m there for them.

That’s ultimately what I want people to know me as. As someone who always had just a huge heart and just loved on people. That’s how I want to be known.

I don’t know if I know another person in my whole life was never negative to me. Uncle Rick was always positive, always uplifting, and just treated me like his own.

I could go on and on, but the key life lessons in this post is don’t settle and live your life to the fullest.

Live your life to the fullest. Play big. Don’t shrink.

If you don’t know how to play bigger in life. If you don’t know how to reach towards your goals. Just reach out to me. I’ll help you. If you don’t know how to do reach out to me. Then just use Google, and find answers you are looking for.

Life Lessons: Your Dreams Are Within Reach

Anyone can get their dream. I’m walking proof of that. Anyone can chase their dreams, anyone can get their dreams, but you have to be willing to be vulnerable. You have to be willing to struggle. You have to be willing to give up the comfortability to go get your dreams.

“To first become successful you must become uncomfortable.”

-Coach Von-

But I’m telling you, one, two, four years of uncomfortability for a lifetime of comfort and love, and just living your life is so worth it.

But you’ll never know if it’s worth it if you just sit there and play small. You’ll never know whose life you’ll impact if you just sit there and play small.

I want to make a difference. I want to encourage and inspire people to chase their dreams and their passions. This is why I am NOT going to play small anymore.

I hope this post and the video below helps you. I hope that the wisdom shared with me and the opening of my eyes to see what my purpose on this planet is, can help you.

I pray that this will help you reach for your dreams, and quit settling. I hope this will help you change your life like I’ve changed my family’s life.

What are you going to do on that day when your family member is sick and ill, and you can’t get off work and be there? If you start today, maybe you can give yourself that option financially when that time comes.

Freedom in Chasing Your Dreams

I know for me, if anybody in my family’s going to be sick and hospitalized, I’m going to be there because I’ve put myself in a position to be able to do that.

Anybody has that power. You just have to find the right vehicle to get you there.

Thank you, I appreciate you for reading this. I love you, and I just look forward to talking with you more, and sharing more with you.

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1 Comment

  • Gordana

    June 17, 2016

    A great feeling to know in your heart that you helped change someone’s life. Because life is always full of choices, everyone needs a chance to choose, create and attract pleasure in life.