At age 68, having been a CEO, a talk radio host, a newspaper and magazine columnist, a real estate investor, as well as a husband, parent and grandparent, among the lessons I've learned are that these in order are the 4 most important things in life:
1) Having people who love you. Whether as family or friends, these are the people who really care about your well-being and who spend time with you. They don't care how rich you are or what you can do for them, they just sincerely care for you as the person you are.
Tell these special people in your life that you love and appreciate them and tell them often, for these are words none of us receive often enough.
2) Having a sense of purpose. This is the very reason you live and without it there is no meaning to life and no fulfillment. You are just waiting to die.
If you haven't found your purpose, look deeply within yourself for that purpose has always lived within your heart, and when you are ready to listen it will call to you and guide you.
3) Having good health. When you suffer from continuous pain or illness, you are consumed with misery and by ongoing medical treatments that add to your agony.
Protect your health by eating wisely, by exercising, by practicing stress release and by getting enough sleep. If you think you are too busy to do these things, watch how much time you instead have to spend in doctor's offices and hospitals.
4) Having fun. Each day laugh and enjoy the people around you. Without good natured fun, the richest person in money is but a pauper in the measurement of life's great wealth.
In Summary: Your life is a profound gift so don't waste it. Make a real difference in this world as you become a blessing to yourself and a blessing to others whose lives you touch.