There is Something Far Worse Than Death to Fear

Filed in Living by on October 29, 2015 1 Comment

Tourist on top of high peak. Sport and active life concept

It has been proven that people tend to worry about the wrong things. We are headed on an out of town trip and we worry about the airplane crashing, when in fact the car ride to the airport is statistically much more dangerous. An older person fears dying from a violent crime, or natural disaster such as a tornado, when pneumonia is much more likely to take their life. I wonder if anyone realizes that more Americans have been married to Kim Kardashian than ever died from Ebola. (Actually, both of these are good reasons to be fearful.)

This brings me to our preoccupation with death. People are mortally (!) afraid of dying. How will I die? When? What can I do to put off the fateful day?

In fact, there is something we should fear far, far more than death. So what is this thing that is so awful and terrible?

A life poorly lived.

Are you someone who lies? Are you a slouch at work? Do you cheat on your spouse? Do you treat the people in your life badly?

On the flip side, but consistent with this: Are you making society a better place? What legacy will you leave? Are you generous? Are the people around you better off for having known you?

Also, are you willing to take risks, not allowing a fear of failure to hold you back? Are you adventurous? Are you out grabbing all that life has to offer?

Oh yes, there are fates far worse than death. We will all die, that’s a given. But what are you doing with your one big shot at life?

It’s not so much that you should care what people think about you. That’s not the point. What do you think about you? For someone like me who believes in God, what does God think about me? Is He disappointed, even ashamed, or do I make Him proud?

When I am dead and lying in my casket, I don’t worry so much about someone at the wake saying I was an asshole. I worry that I may actually have been an asshole.

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TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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  1. Annelle Paschal says:

    Another insightful post! “Life is not a Dress Rehearsal”

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