I was Given a 2nd Chance

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A few weeks ago I died. You read it right. I died and I almost didn’t come back.

Ever felt so overwhelmed with work, you couldn’t afford time to even have a sit down lunch? It was one of those days.

If you were with me on 4th July 2014 at 11.30, you would have seen me pack my bee hoon at Holland Village food centre and rush past the magazine store towards cold storage for some essentials. You would have felt the dizzying heat and the sweat soak through your shirt.

Everything started to spin. I thought,

“I must have caught a bug, I just need to sit for a while”

Next thing I knew, I was on the floor looking up into a sea of faces and a babble of voices.  People were fussing over me, trying to give me water, fanning me. It was all so strange. I wanted to go home.

Through the sea of voices, I heard someone say “Ambulance” and “”Hospital” and all I could think of was

“No, I don’t have time for an ambulance. I need to finish that contract by today and I have a meeting at 4, I don’t have time.“

I tried to get up but and almost passed out again. I was in so much pain I couldn’t believe it. I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest.

Then my wife was there and I almost cried. I thought it was going be the last time I would see her.

The ambulance came and I was rushed to the hospital straight to the operating theatre. I had a heart attack and doctors said my arteries were 98 percent blocked. They had to put stents up my arteries but just as the first stent went in, my heart gave out.

I’ll only say here that I went to different place and that I almost didn’t come back. Somehow I did and the first thing that struck me was, “Goodness, how could I have considered not coming back. What about my wife and my dog?”

I was one of those people who worked non-stop. All the endless meetings and coaching. I’ll have time to rest tomorrow. We will go for a trip when I have time. Now I need to make more money so my wife and I can have a more comfortable future. What about today? I’m so busy working for tomorrow I don’t have time to appreciate what I have now.

What if I had died then? Everything I had planned for and worked for, had skipped life for could have been taken away just like that. I’m not saying not to plan for the future but don’t stop living today. Do something worthwhile every single day.

I had been given a second chance. Not everyone is as lucky. Start living today.

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John Kenworthy,
Chief Success Officer
Corporate AdvantEdge

 

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