Friday, 1 April 2011

The Bucket List

In 2007 Academy Award winners Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman teamed up to star in the comedy drama “The Bucket List”. It is a touching, no-holds-barred adventure of two aging gentlemen that have been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The theme is that it’s never too late to live life to its fullest.

This may seem a bit morbid to those of you who are young and/or healthy and aren’t thinking of “kicking the bucket” any time soon. But think what a fun conversation starter this could be? Perhaps you could have multiple lists – one covering a short term horizon and the other focused on life’s fourth quarter. Lists could include an activity that you’d love to do that cost less than $50; or things you’d love to do if you could get someone to watch the kids for a weekend; or places you’d love to visit within the next ten years, etc. Well you get the picture.

I suspect you will learn something about one another that may surprise you. “Do you really want to take a sushi making class?” “Hang gliding, I thought you were afraid of heights?” Dare to dream. Don’t criticize one another’s fantasies. It doesn’t matter if they are realistic or not. You may be fifty and think you would like to go back to school and change careers. You may be ninety and want to take up skateboarding or in your twenties and want to drive a race car.

Hopes and dreams when held in the palm of your open hand can create excitement and anticipation. It is important to keep the palm open for God ultimately is in control. When we grasp a dream tightly we set ourselves up for disappointment.

Why not start that discussion tonight?

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