Charles Krauthammer died yesterday of cancer. He was a Pulitzer Prize winning writer and commentator. He was a thoughtful man with a definitive point of view.
He was regarded an inspiration by many because he suffered a diving accident during the time he was in med school. The accident left him paralyzed from the neck down and in a wheelchair for life. Despite this tragedy, he gathered himself to finish med school and fashioned a life that made a difference in the world.
When it became apparent that he would not survive his bout with cancer, he wrote a letter to the public announcing he had only weeks to live. He concluded the letter with this quote.
“I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”
“Lived the life that I intended” caught my eye. When you live the life you intended, you make choices. You live with the consequences of those choices. You don’t harbor regret.
May we all live the life we intend.