Feb 15 • 3M

Contemplating in Cemeteries.

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Honest, candid and straightforward ideas for living a fulfilling life and reaching our potential. Hiya. I'm Matthew Royston, the husband of one, father of four, and The Bold Brit [honest, candid, Inspiring]. I grew up in Bristol, England but currently enjoy living in Utah, United States. I want to live a fulfilling life, reach my potential, and help others do the same. I have concluded that progress in our personal development, robust personal relationships, deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ, and having a healthy body and mind are the core components of a fulfilling life. The rest of life is often insignificant, or unimportant.
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I think it’s good for us to take walks around cemeteries.

Why? Because it helps us to contemplate on life, it’s purpose, meaning, and fragility.

When I walk around cemeteries, and truthfully I should do it more often, I see people who lived to be old, and others who died young.

Looking at the headstones, it’s clear some had more money than others.

Some engrave the names of their children on the back, or share a favorite quote or thought.

No matter who they were, where they lived, or what they did, they all died and ended up in the ground.

It’s a sobering thought.

Sometimes we get so caught up in the thick of thin things, chasing after stuff that in the end will be of little consequence.

I happen to believe in God. But whether you do or do not, I think in the end that the size of our house, or the style of our car, or the career we had will matter very little to us, and especially to God.

It’s been said that the most important things in life aren’t things, they are people. As we die, it’ll be people not possessions that we will want to surround ourselves with.

As our lungs exhale their final breath, it’ll be the hand of a loved one that will make us feel safe and brave.

So perhaps we all need to spend a little more time holding, hugging, and helping the people we love and that will matter in the end.

I think the only thing worse than dying would be dying alone. So I’m going to try a little harder to ensure that my family and friends know that I love them.

I want them to know and feel confident that if they go first, I’ll be there to hold their hand!

I hope you and I have many years left to live. But take my word, the occasional walk in a cemetery can help us recalibrate and refocus on what truly matters.