2 Questions to Live By
Last night, I watched “The Bucket List”, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It was a powerful movie, touching and funny, insightful and inspirational.
There were profoundly simple messages scattered through the movie, like one of my favorites when Carter (Freeman) asks Cole (Nicholson) if they had been cleared to race a Mustang around a track, and he replies:
“Does it matter if we aren’t?”
Or when they’re talking about how fast time flies.
Carter: “Forty-five years goes by pretty fast.”
Cole: “Like smoke through a keyhole.”
Or Cole explains his elegant philosophy of Life thus:
“We live. We die. And the wheels on the bus go round and round.”
The best scene, for me, is when the two are catching their breath atop a pyramid, and discuss the Egyptian belief about Death and Heaven.
Carter mentions how Egyptians believe there were two questions a soul is asked as it ascends to the gates of Heaven – and the answers determine whether or not it gets to pass through.
#1 – Have you found joy in your life?
#2 – Has your life brought joy to others?
Late into the night, and again ever since I woke up early this morning, these 2 questions have been echoing in my mind.
I’m sure they will continue to replay this way for a long time to come.
They are certainly 2 questions to live by.
How would YOU answer them today?
How would you WANT to – later?
(I found a YouTube video showing this part of the film – watch it, if you like)