Ran across this today and I was happy I did. This has got to be at least 7 years old but still applies today. Ponder these thoughts and try to live by these words!
"This is the true joy in life ... being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one ... being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy ... I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It's a sort of splendid torch which I've got to hold up for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing on to future generations."
If only we all thought this way all the time.
"I want to be fully alive, present, aware, and open to new possibilities in every moment I take a breath, living each day as if it may be my very last one. I want to be thoroughly used up; all I am, all I have, every single part of me. Every thought explored, ever gift shared."
Daniel Jay Robison