What the Dying Teach Us

Ironic that one of the politically correct terms describing those who are deemed terminally ill is “life limiting illness”! These souls are the very people who, in many cases, demonstrate how to live! Can we realistically live each day as if it were our last?


In my view, it is somewhat unrealistic to live each day as if it was our last. If we are to do that, surely we are less likely to be able to differentiate the quality of each day?


On the other hand, we do tend to sit and wait for our ‘nirvana’!


We wait, expecting something to drop in our laps, as if we have some divine right for our illuminated path to fulfilment and inner peace. It is a curious observation of both my own life before now, and of those I see in my private practice.

Is it necessary to remind ourselves that we get what we create?

We get to choose:

  • whether to create the awareness – and ‘notice’ our emotions, our ‘selves’ and our environments.
  • how we interact with others in our relationships at home, at play and at work.
  • how we stand and sit.

How we present our physical self to ourselves and others – and the emotional state that comes from that chosen posture:

  • Sit slumped – and feel less energised
  • Stand slouched – feel small or less than
  • Have facial expressions without a smile – be less than joyful

We get to choose, but only in awareness.


Are you going to wait for ‘something’, or will you choose to live your life ‘now’?

About the author
Managing Director / Counsellor at Anglia Counselling Ltd | 07747042899 | [email protected] | Business Website

Bob Brotchie is a counsellor, mindset consultant and creator of "Conscious Living by Design"™. He writes for Anglia Counselling, is featured on various other websites and introduces us to many guest writers all covering topics related to mental health and wellbeing.

Bob provides bespoke counselling services to individuals and couples in the privacy and comfort of a truly welcoming environment at his Anglia Counselling company office, located near Newmarket in Suffolk, England. Bob also provides professional online counselling, for local, national, and international clients. The therapeutic models offered are bespoke to the client’s needs, especially those in receipt of 'childhood emotional neglect' (CEN), whilst integrating a mindful approach to psychotherapy and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) principles. For clients experiencing trauma and/or phobia, Bob offers EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).