A place to share some of the great ideas and events I come across - enjoy!


The 4 Things That Matter Most In Life


What can we learn from people who are dying about life and what matters?  

Dr. Ira Byock is a Director of Palliative Medicine and he summarises the 4 things that matter most in life from the stories he hears from his patients in just 11 words.

These may look like common sense and stating the obvious but it is amazing how cathartic they can be.  Life is a finite gift.  If we are to live fully we have to live with the knowledge that we are all mortal.  Death will catchup with all of us.  So, let's make the most of our life by doing what matters most - living it fully and letting go of the past and our failures.  The 4 phrases that summarise what matters most are:

1. Please Forgive Me

Asking for forgiveness and saying "I'm sorry" if it is sincere can help to restart and heal a relationship.  It is about acknowledging the impact you have had on others.  It can allow you to get on with your life.  People that don't acknowledge their failures are doomed to repeat them.  An ancient saying in the catacombs in Rome says "Look around you. We once were what you are now. And you one day will be what we are now."

2. I Forgive You

If you don't forgive people you can never move on.  Forgiveness is not about the other person, it's about us.  Lily Tomlin once said that "Forgiveness is giving up all hope for a better past".  Forgiveness is about giving up our own emotional baggage.  Writing off a loss so you are free to move on.

3. Thank You

A simple phrase that shows your appreciation for others.  It often leads to even greater benefits in life and your interaction with other.

4. I Love You

A very powerful phrase that manifests in many ways.  Once it is verbalised it can be the beginning of either a renewed life or a new leaf in your life.

How many of these 4 things have you done and continue to do?


Chris Pattas

Chris Pattas lives in beautiful Melbourne, Australia. He is happily married with two children. Chris is a successful business leader who enjoys helping organisations reach their full potential. Whether it is driving greater profit or sales, growing market share in competitive industries, inspiring executives to achieve great things, negotiating compelling business deals or working as a board member implementing exciting change programs, he knows how to get the most out of any organisation. Chris has worked in various product and service industries including: advertising, software, IT&T, travel & tourism, utilities and telecommunications. His interests and expertise include: leadership & strategy, sales & marketing, online & social media, science & technology, travel & tourism, photography and music.