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)

Bucket List movie

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  • May 3,2009 at 2:58 pm

    I’m finding it difficult to navigate this blog. Not sure this will work. I loved “The Bucket List.” I’ve had my own going for quite some time. Travel is high on the list and I’ve ticked off quite a few “must see” places. Writing and publishing my memoir was another “must.” Tick. Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight was also up there. Tick.
    Looking forward to many more.
    Karen Walker

  • May 3,2009 at 12:29 pm

    I really like both of these actors and thoroughly enjoyed the film. It does make you think about what is truly important and to make the most of each day. Great blog.

    NA Sharpe

  • May 3,2009 at 3:06 am

    Dr Mani – for some reason I’ve been putting off this movie. Though I love these two actors and the very premise of the movie. I’ll view sooner than expected now with this review and nudge…and YES, powerful two questions, I agree.

    It’s all about the service to others in the final analysis. Are we living in such a way to reach our own promise and by so doing assisting others in reaching theirs? Thankfully, for as long as I can remember I’ve been challenged to live this way. Though joy wasn’t first my goal or even easy to access, boy was it sweet when it finally flowed. 🙂

    A potently humble way to live.

    Thanks for this nudge and reminder. You’re a blessing to many. 🙂

  • May 2,2009 at 9:58 pm

    You certainly open up with a bang. I thought this was a commercial. It takes a while to get past the initial wham experience and find you in the blog.

  • May 2,2009 at 2:29 pm

    The Bucket List is such a good and thought-provoking film. A great reminder that our time here is valuable and should not be wasted…..Pat

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