Oscar is a ten year old boy in Eric Emanuel Schmidt’s book: Oscar and lady in Pink. He has leukemia and with the help of Grannie Rose he lives in 12 days an entire life. At the end, he understands the most important thing – life is the biggest gift we can have.
We all know this but, sadly, we forget. This book made me remember. It was like a pinch. And I started to ponder about life. And this is a list of things I come up with after my wake up call. It’s not something new. We all know it but we forget and bury it. It’s easier that way. Better to focus on the material than on the intangible
1. Make friends and have great conversations
“If I worried about what stupid people think, I wouldn’t have time for what intelligent people think” Oscar– Stop thinking and worrying. Start knowing people, have great talks, practice empathic listening.
2. Be grateful for what you have
Even if he was sick Oscar wasn’t upset and bitter; he was grateful for the precious moments he had.
Gratitude is a way of living. If you incorporate this tiny habit into your life we will definitely see improvement.
3. Try to find the beauty in every situation, good or bad.
If Oscar had focused on his illness he would have been a grumpy old soul waiting disillusioned/ly his end. Instead, he treasured every second of his life and developed great friendships and lived wonderful moments.
4. Believe in something more.
Whether it is god, a supreme force or aliens 🙂 Believe! Life is so much more than our egos and our material possessions. Believing in something greater than ourselves gives us hope for the best and strength for the worst.
5. See the world like it’s the first time you look at it
Get rid of those glasses! Be curious! Look at the sky! Hear the birds! Watch the sunset! Feel the rain or the wind on your cheek. See the world like a 3 year old child. Be happy! Feel content with yourself and everything that surrounds you.
6. Live like it will be your last day on this earth.
Celebrate live in every way and every form you can every single day. Oscar did that and much more. Even if he was a 10 year old boy he had great wisdom and discovered the treasure of them all, the precious gem hidden in front of us – life is a gift and should be treated accordingly. And he wanted everyone to know that.