We unconsciously go about our lives as if we have all the time in the world. We have been conditioned to believe that we are somehow immortal to the limits of time.
Death is the gift of life. Without it we would not treasure the miracle of being alive.
I chose to frame this story, “The Life I Didn’t Notice” around the gift of life. The basis of this inspiring fable is that death can be thrust upon us at any given moment. The key is to TAKE NOTICE of the life we are meant to live. One can reach the end of a long physical existence yet have they really lived?
In this story our heroine Lilly has a near death experience at the age of 49. She has spent her whole life running away from the “Truth” of whom she is really is and from the life she was meant to live.
Tormented from her past and unable to forgive the love of her life, Lazlo and his sudden departure 7 years ago - Lilly closes her heart and isolates herself from the deeper meaning of life.
It is only through the conscious awareness of our mortality that we begin to witness the miracles that surround us, the signs put into our path and the angels sent to help us become all that we are meant to be.
I love the line Little Sam (Lilly's guide through Heaven) shares with Lilly while they are riding the train toward her first regret. “Everyone dies, Lil. Some faster than others. It's a natural transition of life. The key to inner peace is through healing your soul and embracing the gift of life. It's why God created death. Without it, we wouldn't appreciate life. The moment has arrived for you to start living.”
When Lilly finally surrenders to the moment, she is able to receive the wisdom of one of God's greatest treasures - that life is brilliant and brief.