As adults, it's easy for us to get wrapped up in the craziness of life and focus on the insignificant matters that irritate us the most. Sadly, we can waste a good portion of our lives being negative and ignoring the blessings that are so obviously in front of our faces!
That's why one doctor shared what he learned from his terminally ill pediatric patients. Their inspirational answers when asked what they enjoyed in life were too amazing to keep to himself.
Now he's hoping their responses inspire the world to forget the little things and focus on what matters most in life!
"MANY wished they had spent less time worrying about what others thought of them, and valued people who just treated them 'normally.'
'My real friends didn't care when my hair fell out.' 'Jane came to visit after the surgery and didn't even notice the scar!'
Many of them loved swimming and the beach.
'I made big sandcastles!' 'Being in the sea with the waves was so exciting! My eyes didn't even hurt!'
Almost ALL of them valued kindness above most other virtues:
'My granny is so kind to me. She always makes me smile.' 'Jonny gave me half his sandwich when I didn't eat mine. That was nice.' 'I like it when that kind nurse is here. She's gentle. And it hurts less.'
Almost ALL of them loved people who made them laugh:
'That magician is so silly! His pants fell down and I couldn't stop laughing!' 'My Daddy pulls funny faces which I just love!' 'The boy in the next bed farted! Hahaha!'
Laughter relieves pain.
Kids love their toys and their superheroes.
'My Princess Sophia doll is my favorite!' 'I love Batman!' (All the boys love Batman) 'I like cuddling my teddy.'
Finally, they ALL valued time with their family. Nothing was more important.
'Mum and Dad are the best!' 'My sister always hugs me tight' 'No one loves me like mummy loves me!'
Take home message:
Be kind. Read more books. Spend time with your family. Crack jokes. Go to the beach. Hug your dog. Tell that special person you love them.
These are the things these kids wished they could've done more. The rest are details.
Oh... and eat ice-cream."
To these kids, money, fame, social media and reputations meant nothing. In their final days, the only things they wanted to do were spend time with family and play with their pets.
This post is an excellent reminder that we can all afford to check ourselves mentally. Are we focusing on what really matters?