Is Your Time Up?

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.

Richard Bach

This is a key ingredient to both living fully now and life extension: realizing that your mission on Earth is not finished. And when we get discouraged, over-extended or lost, thoughts of “hanging it up” may flood our minds.

If you are alive, there is a reason to go on. For example, just last week, I was having a down day due to the passing of my father a little over a month ago. (Two days ago, he would have been 86.) I went to my work at a local farmer’s market to keep moving forward and shift my attitude. But it was very slow and I didn’t feel all that valued. I felt out of touch with life.

About an hour into the market, a middle aged woman approached me to talk about something unrelated to my product. She hoped I could help her solve her problem with a different vendor. As it turned out, she herself was feeling stuck, no longer viable. Her income was dependent on public assistance and using public transportation was crippling her employment options. Before we were done talking, she had a plan. As a writer, I knew how she could publish her book of potato recipes and sell them at the farmer’s market, just three blocks from her home. She left our conversation with hope she hadn’t experienced in months.

So, even though it was hard for me to “check into life” that day, I realized I had something to offer. My mission was not complete because I needed to help this woman on public assistance. Richard Bach is right.

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.

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