…What does that mean to you?
Chatting with another member today we were discussing what our own view of "quality of life" is. I had not really thought about it in terms of how I want to be before. It was a very interesting exercise in reflection on what exactly that means to me. It's different to everyone.
He put it this way, and I found it to be very profound: " No brownie or plate of pasta can replace that satisfaction. That’s just my “quality of life”." His satisfaction was to serve others in little everyday ways. But what stuck me is what he said cannot replace that satisfaction…those forbidden foods. They are not worth it to him. That made me think. (and put a sign on my fridge that says "Is your quality of life going to benefit from what you take out of the fridge right now?")
Here is what my "quality of life" is to me:
For me, quality of life means that I am able to do for me and for others. That I will be able to work in my garden and share my bounty. That travel will once again be on my docket as it was in my youth, though maybe a little more tame. Quality of life for me would mean living unleashed to meds so I don't have to worry about what will happen if I don't have them. My ultimate quality of life would be to die at home, with loved ones around me, knowing that I made a difference in each of their lives some how.
So what does that mean to you? What is your "quality of life" worth to you? Are you willing to do things now to try to assure your quality down the road? Is your quality of life a physical thing, spiritual thing, or charitable thing or all of these?
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