To be or not to be, that is not the question here. I would like to live as long as I am useful. But how long will that be?
Of course, no one can tell, but here’s a fun calculator I found via a blog post I read on a site I follow. The calculator is called the death clock, and here’s how it works—example in the above picture. Enter your birth date, sex, BMI, smoking status, and mode (as in your life outlook): normal (neutral), pessimistic, sadistic (I think they meant suicidal), optimistic.
Day of Birth, Month of Birth, Year of Birth, and Sex are givens. BMI and smoking status are life-style choices, which I don’t plan to change. The outlook I have in life is also a choice, but I decided to see what impact the different modes might make in my life expectancy.
With my birthday in 1951, my sex as a female, BMI <25, non-smoker and Normal mode/Neutral Outlook, I should expect to die in 2030—8 years from now.
When I changed the mode to Pessimistic, I discovered I’d died in 2015. I died in 1990 for Sadistic/Suicidal. And Optimistic? I’m predicted to live until 2050—twenty years longer than “normal.”
I really only have two mode/outlook choices: normal/neutral for likely shorter life or optimistic to increase my chances of serving longer. So, who do I want to be, now that I know the death clock is ticking?
Optimistic. To share my faith, the hope of Jesus Christ and love of God with others.
Optimism—though it’s hard when we must cancel family celebrations, Easter egg hunts, and social gatherings.
Optimism—though it’s hard when surprisingly heavy rains cause mud-slides and rain-soaked leaves clog drains, washing out roads.
Optimism—though it’s hard when things don’t go the way we want them to, especially in times of illness, suffering, and death.
How about you? To be optimistic when it’s hard or not to be optimistic when it’s hard? That is the question… and the clock is ticking.
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