Gaining Insight from a Life-Altering Event

It should not take a near-death or real death experience (as in the case of this article’s author) for us to pay attention to the people and things that matter most to us.  However, it usually takes some catastrophic event to make us slow down and appreciate life.  Often, we don’t stop to “smell the roses” until we are forced to do so. The author of this article shares the invaluable lessons he learned because of an incident where he says he was “dead for 12 minutes.”  Some of them —things like reduce your stress, laugh more, tell the people you care about that you love them— are things we’ve heard before, but are worth repeating. Other suggestions could go a long way in helping us to be more aware of what’s important in life if we do them now, before any critical incidents occur.