Bucket List

I was talking with some co-workers the other day, and the subject of “bucket lists” came up. No, nobody had received any catastrophic news about their health; we were just having a conversation about things that we’d like to do before our inevitable meeting with the Grim Reaper or as I prefer the Angel of Death. Talking about death is not morbid; it’s a part of everyday life. Just look at the number of bumper stickers and magnets that tout, “Live Each Day As If It’s Your Last”.
While that’s a lovely motto, what does it really mean? Does it mean to make sure you get to bungee jump, sky dive, or climb Everest before you pass away? No. Nor, does it mean that you quit your job or leave your family to join a monastic order, ashram or retreat, or make a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Mecca, or Jerusalem.

So what does it mean to live each day as if it’s your last? Think about it. Think about the people around you, your family, coworkers, and even strangers. Think about how you interact with them on a daily basis. Think about the beauty of your surroundings. When was the last time you got up early to watch a sunrise with the person you love, or climbed a mountain to see a sunset. How often do you stop to look at a flower, or watch a hummingbird, or skip stones in a pond? How often do you hear a song that makes your heart soar? How often do you put away your phone and computer to have quality time with your spouse and children or have some laughs with good friends? That’s what living in the present is all about. It’s recognizing the extraordinary in the ordinary every day.

It’s always fun to see what people have on their bucket list. During our conversation we had everything from going to Paris, climbing on The Great Wall of China, diving The Great Barrier Reef, auditioning for a play, racing at the Indy 500, swimming with a dolphin, and doing a photographic safari of Africa. By the way, none of those were mine. When it came to my list, the only thing I could come up with was, finish my book on Love, Compassion and Happiness and go from there. Maybe it’s because I try to live in the present…and it’s pretty wonderful. So, when you think about your bucket list, have fun, but remember to enjoy the here and now.

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Duffy McMahon

About Duffy McMahon

Duffy McMahon graduated from Ottawa University, receiving honors in both her undergraduate and graduate Psychology degrees. Specializing in fear, stress, anger, anxiety, rage, and sleep disorders, she has worked with Neurologists on the impact of stress and anger on the brain. Duffy’s focus on dream therapy, hypnosis, and trauma release helps her clients delve into the subconscious / unconscious mind, to confront and manage obstacles that prevent them from leading a healthier and more productive life. Duffy is certified in Anger, Stress Management, EEG Neurofeedback, Hypnotherapy and studied with the Simonton Cancer Clinic. Duffy is a member of the American Counseling Association, The National Guild of Hypnotists, Inc., and The National Institute of Neurofeedback Providers. She regularly appears on both radio and television, does speeches and offers workshops on love and compassion, dream interpretation, stress, anger, anxiety and trauma release exercises. Duffy and her husband Pat own The Idea Factory, a creative consulting firm serving both corporate and non-profit clients for over 40 years. Duffy has received numerous awards over the years including the Jaycee’s “Young Woman of the Year”, “The Humanitarian Award” from The Malta Center, and she and Pat, were named “The First Family in the Arts” from the Herberger Theater.