Last Days

If you haven’t seen them yet, I recommend SoulPancake‘s “My Last Days” series

It’s remarkable stuff, but you might not want to watch them all at once as it can get pretty intense.

My Last Days: Ryan Woods

My Last Days: Christopher Aiff

My Last Days: Ann Silberman

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5 thoughts on “Last Days”

  1. Stupidly I ignored your very wise advice and watched all 3 videos but i just couldn’t physically stop myself… I’ve had tears rolling down my face since 1:27 into the first video. Those people are so courageous and so gracious…their strength is really phenomenal. I’ve had a really strange day and I haven’t slept for 39 hours (don’t ask) and watching these has humbled me – they gave me my first really ‘human’ moment in a long while. So inspirational, especially at the end of Chris Aiff’s video when he says:

    “The decision to be positive is not one that disregards or belittles the sadness that exists; it is rather a conscious choice to focus on the good and to cultivate happiness – and genuine happiness. Happiness is not a limited resource, and when we devote our energy and time to trivial matters and choose to stress over things that are ultimately insignificant, from that point we perpetuate our own sadness – and we lose sight of the things that really make us happy; and we rationalise our way out of doing amazing things.”

    Then closes by saying that he ultimately wants to be remembered as someone who did their best… I just lost it at the point. And I think he answered our question as to whether or not one can live a full life without romantic love. The answer is absolutely.

    1. Chris’ words moved me the most also. I think he touched on what it means to be human: we know life is limited and there is great suffering, but in our hearts and minds we do not have to choose to be governed by that. And you see this over and over again via inspiring stories around us, people that should have been limited by their circumstances but chose not to be.

      The part about happiness not being a limited resource, that’s huge, and I’d add that’s true for love also. We are taught to guard these things like they will run out some day, but they only dry up and disappear when we refuse to embrace and use them.

  2. Ryan Woods made me stop. Just stop – to breathe slowly and just be in his presence. Love, like they say, is a verb. And we can’t be stingy measuring what we ought to give in abundance regardless the response of others.

    Being mean is the easiest way out: we don’t have to negotiate our feelings; nor listen to our intuition; nor face Life & Death with courage. Loving someone is the most fearsome, most liberating thing I can ever imagine.

    Thank you, Joe.

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