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If you were to die now, at this moment, what would you think of as the best thing you've ever done in your life?
Part of my mind immediately goes to something like "I wish I had a great creation I could point to as my important contribution to the world." I don't have one. Part of me feels like a failure because I don't.

On the other hand, I have set up my life so that I contribute in a bunch of little ways on a regular basis to the part of the world immediately around me—my family, friends, partners, community, political activism, homeless animals, work. Those contributions don't get noticed in the world at large, but I do get ongoing pleasure and satisfaction out of contributing in that way, and I seem to strongly want to have that sort of ongoing satisfaction.

So I guess those little contributions would count as the good stuff I've done.

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mjlayman
Jul. 5th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
I did some good things for defense when I worked, and I took good care of my brother when that was necessary, but I think my answer would have to be that I was too stubborn to die earlier. I'm not making big differences these days, but I think I'm making a lot of small differences.

(And I've already had an NDE, thank you.)
firecat
Jul. 5th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
That's a good answer.
basketcaselady
Jul. 6th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
Can I make a group of things to be my best? If so, then marrying my husband and having two beautiful babies, raising them into very fine adults. I guess I can answer that as making a family.
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