Imagine if while you were on your way to work the unthinkable occurs. You’re on the roadway driving the same commute you’ve driven for the last several years when suddenly, everything stops. Literally, the car in front of you comes to a complete stop. You swerve to avoid rear-ending that car and subsequently land yourself in a ditch which ultimately makes you eligible for a very expensive ride to the hospital of your choice. The only problem is that when you arrive the team of medical professionals discovers you are “dead on arrival”. That’s right, today was your last day. Now that you are deceased, now what?
Well as you can imagine, not many of us wake up on any given morning and correctly anticipate the event that will ultimately cause our passing. However, what we do (often falsely) anticipate are the myriad of issues, topics, and events that will never actually come to pass. That’s right; we often spend our days worrying about what will never come to pass while totally missing the boat on the one storm that will sink it. So what’s a human such as our selves to do about this dilemma? Well, for starters, what would happen if we lived like we had limited time left on earth? Would we be kinder? Nicer to strangers; nicer to ourselves? Would we give ourselves permission to breathe in between the day’s action items? Would we be more intentional about accomplishing tasks with long-term benefits?
Oh, the options. Oh, the choices to be faced each day. Well actually, maybe there really aren’t that many choices after all. Maybe all we really need to do is to live like we have the power to positively impact those we come across each day. When we live an intentional on purpose life then no matter what day our parking pass on earth expires, we make our exit with the calm assuredness that we lived like we were dying. Wow, can you imagine folks getting together at your life celebration service with nothing but stories to compare about how knowing you helped them become better and more loving humans? As we begin 2018 take some time to think about what truly matters, how you can stop worrying about what probably won’t happen, and start focusing on seizing the day because one day, it will be your last…
Absolutely true and logical Marilyn, and a great motto for the New Year to boot. Thanks.
Live today as if it is the last day of your life; yet live as if you will live forever, potentially could be a partner for your depiction of life and living. I recall a saying, not a Quote, ‘ I pass this way but once. Therefore, any good deeds I can do, or any kindness I show, let me do it now; for I shall never pass this way again.’