Each Day Presents A New Canvas

The average person speaks around 16,000 words in a day, with females (16,215 words) speaking slightly more than males (15,699). 

During a typical day, people speak around 941 words per hour. The actual time people spend speaking during the day totals just under 2 hours.

What seems to fascinate people is the last words of celebrities. Surely the words spoken during their lives would be of more interest?

A few examples:

Michael Jackson’s last words were repeated requests for “Milk”. “Milk” was his name for Propofol, the anaesthetic he was reputed to overdose on.

Bob Hope died at Toluca Lake, California at the ripe old age of 100. His wife Dolores asked Bob where he wanted to be buried. his reply was “Surprise me”.

James French, a murderer on Death Row said “Hey Fellas!  How about this for a headline in tomorrow’s papers  French Fries!’

John Sedgwick, General in the Unionist Army “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist….”

W C Fields  ”I’m looking for loopholes”

A hospice nurse once said that the last words of dying men were most often ‘Mommy’ or ‘Mama’ .

Living your life is the greatest gift you’ll ever receive.  It is more than just existing; it’s about embracing every moment, finding purpose and discovering joy in the journey as well as the growth that comes from triumphs and challenges.

Each day presents a new canvas, and you hold the brush. Step out of your comfort zone, take risks, and pursue your passions with unwavering determination. You can do it!

And there’s so much more.

Every one of us has a unique story, influenced by a myriad of factors. Being judgmental about others limits our understanding and compassion, erecting barriers to empathy and preventing us from truly engaging with others’ experiences. 

The opposite fosters openness, inviting a richness of perspectives into our lives. It cultivates tolerance, essential for harmonious coexistence in a diverse world. 

Moreover, judgment often reflects our own biases and insecurities rather than objective truth. By refraining from judgment, we honour individual autonomy and foster an environment where growth and understanding flourish. 

Many years ago, I observed two scruffily dressed men, each encompassed by cigarette smoke, in the car park outside the Plymouth Pavilions. The thought crossed my mind that they might be taxi drivers waiting to take people home. It turned out one was the performance baritone, the other the concert pianist.

Lesson on being judgmental quickly learned.

In the often-quoted words of Hunter S. Thompson, “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”

That way, your last words won’t matter. What will count are the words you speak before them.

Dr. Elmar Jung
Dr. Elmar Jung
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