Jan
02

2009

What’s So Imperative?



As you know, the title of this website is the Positive Imperative. Now we all understand what “positive” means. And we can all agree that “positive” is a good thing. We want positivity in our lives. A positive outlook on life, positive friends, a positive work environment, and a positive bank balance are just a few things that come to mind. Not too many people would argue against these.

imperativeSo that covers the “Positive” part – now what about the “Imperative” part? What is so darned imperative about being positive? Well, you might guess the reason is that… it’s imperative to be positive because the alternative is to be negative. (say THAT three times fast!)

If you want to know what Victor Sinclair, the founder of the Positive Imperative, has to say on the subject, you can read this article. But today, I’d like to give you my own take on why it is imperative to be positive.

For me, LIFE and everything about it, is imperative. You see, I’m not supposed to be here right now! I was given an “expiry date” by the best and brightest minds of medical science. At the age of 18, I was told that I would be lucky if I lived long enough to see my 30th birthday. It took me six long, difficult years to come to grips with that stunning news. And here’s what I discovered during that journey… none of us are supposed to be here right now!

It’s true! Who “owes” us another day of life? What did you and I do to deserve to wake up this morning? Simply because we wake up day after day, and just because we continue to exist and persist, we seem to think we are entitled to a certain amount of life. One day, during those six years when I was struggling with my medical prognosis, I realized that in a split second, a simple traffic accident could prove the doctors wrong and cut my life short at any moment. And that’s when I began to develop a philosophy I call The Power of Mortality™.

Here’s the gist of it… We all have an “expiry date” and we have no way of knowing that it isn’t today, so why not choose to live our lives as though every moment really mattered? How’s THAT for “imperative”? (And by the way, it really is a choice!)

So, as you can imagine, I do my very best to live life as an imperative. And if every moment really matters, then it’s only natural to ensure that the majority of those moments are positive! I think that Sarah Westbrook put it very well when she wrote, “Don’t put your happiness on hold. Be happy here!” I have only one thing to add to that…

motivational_keynote_speaker_2ENJOY NOW!

Patrick is the author of What’s Your Expiry Date and creator of the Mortality Manifesto.

He is a motivational speaker, author and coach and has been featured on Oprah & Friends because of his work.

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