Matthew O'Reilly is a critical care EMT in Suffolk County, New York. As such, he is a first responder to serious accidents, disasters, and medical emergencies.
In this short video, O'Reilly talks about how he has changed the way that he treats the question, "Am I going to die?" asked by those who suffer from injuries so severe that they cannot be saved.
But what he says about those who find themselves suddenly and unexpectedly facing death may surprise you.
There's something to be learned here and it's not to fear car accidents or hurricanes.
What we can take away from this video is how to live our lives in such a way that, were they to end today, we might be able to let go peacefully and calmly because we know we've done the most we can with what little time we have had, especially where it counts:
That we've asked forgiveness where we need it and given it where it was needed.
That we've done things in our lives that have made a difference in the lives of others.
That we were kind when we could be and gave of ourselves and our time to those who needed it most.
That we've lived our lives in such a way that we might be remembered and remembered well.
That's what is at stake every day. The "I love you" we put off. The affections we withold. The time we don't spend with those in our lives who need it most.
Do those things now, while you can. That's what life is all about.
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