How To Live Life on Earth – ROJoson’s Thoughts, Perceptions, Opinions, and Recommendations

How To Live Life on Earth

ROJoson’s Thoughts, Perceptions, Opinions, and Recommendations

Reynaldo O. Joson, MD

June 5, 2011 (First written in Fujian, China, while visiting my mother who was hospitalized)
Edited / updated: August 21, 2011 (NAIA2) – on way to Hanoi
Edited / updated: December 31, 2011 (Anilao)
Edited / updated: December 1, 2012 (Makati)

Realities:

  • There is a limit to the life span of people living on earth.
    • Longest recorded life span: 122 years – French women – Jeanne Calment
    • Shortest life span: 1 day or less in a newborn (not counting fetal life)
    • Nobody lives forever.
  • Nobody, not even physicians, not even priests, can tell how long a particular person will live or when he is going to die. (outside suicide, murder, and capital punishment by death)
    • At best, only an estimate can be made based on:
      • Current life condition in the community where the person lives (e.g. current average life span or life expectancy of people living in a certain community or country based on 2011 estimates [CIA World Factbook]: the average life expectancy in Japan is about 82 years; in Philippines, about 71 years; and in an African country such as Swaziland, about 32 years) and
      • Current health condition of the individual with a disease (e.g. average survival rate and lifespan of patients with a particular disease which is dependent on the stage of the disease).
  • Average life span and life expectancy can be used interchangeably as both terms connote a projection or an estimate of the number of years a person will spend on earth.
    • Average life span and life expectancy can be used interchangeably as both terms connote a projection or an estimate of the number of years a person will spend on earth.
    • Survival rate connotes the average lifespan of a person with a particular disease will have.  The term is used in a person with a disease that is a potential cause of death.
  • There are at least three (3) factors that affect the life span or life expectancy of a person, namely: (outside suicide, murder and capital punishment of death)
    • Genetic
    • Environmental
    • Self (that is, what and how a person does to and takes care of himself or herself)
  • These are also the same factors or causes of diseases in people, namely:
    • Genetic
    • Environmental
    • Self-induced (that is, intentionally or non-intentionally)

Application of Realities:

Knowing there is a limit to the lifespan of people living on earth and nobody can tell how long a particular person will live or when he is going to die, a life advisory is for every person to live life to the fullest while still on earth.  Have a life plan using the following processes:

  • Know the purpose of your life on earth.
  • Know specifically what you have to do (or what you want to do) while on earth.
  • Set targets for the specific things you have to do with timelines.
  • Formulate strategies to reach targets.
  • Set activities under each strategy.
  • Monitor implementation of activities in terms of quality and based on set timelines.
  • Evaluate at planned interval and adjust accordingly.
  • On the last day and last second of your life on earth, be ready to go, knowing at least that you have lived your life to the fullest or at least tried your best.

ROJoson

I recall that I have been always searching for the purpose of my life on earth since after graduation from high school in Xavier School.

I have the habit of planning my life at intervals.  I have formal records as early as 1970 in what I wanted to do for the next 10 years (1970 to 1980).  [I will keep this private.]

Thereafter, I usually do my interval life planning and assessment at significant crossroads in my life and practically every January 31st of each year (during my birthday) starting 1994 (when I reached 45 years of age). [I will keep this private.]

In January 31, 2011, I made another life plan, which may be my last, which I labelled as ROJOSON’s Strategic Life Planning for 2011 to 2019 (8-3-1-3-1). [This can be seen in one of my websites.]

December 1, 2012

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