I am sure that most of us do not begin each day with the thought, “this could be my last day on this earth.” It’s kind of a morbid thought, or is it? Tim McGraw sings a song encouraging us to live this day as if we are dying. If we stop to really think about this concept a lot of things we thought were so very important, maybe aren’t in the whole scheme of things. Giving extra hugs or making sure to tell someone that you love them would be a good thing. A child who didn’t clean their room – again does yelling at them really help? How else could we handle situations we think are way out of control? And are they really that important?
Now don’t get me wrong the need for guidance is imperative, ensuring we mature to become good citizens. It is how we deliver and what we choose to get angry at and how we show our love that matters.
This June, a very dear friend of ours lost her grandson in a horrific accident. He was just 28 years old. He had so much of his life left to live but that is gone forever. Brian and I went to Calgary to attend the services to celebrate his life. The church was absolutely packed of young and old. They had 15 people share their stories as to why he was important in their lives. These people ranged in age from 25 – 60. It became evident that this 28-year-old had a huge impact on people. It wasn’t because he was perfect, it was because he cared about others and also how he could live each day to the fullest. There is absolutely no doubt that even though he was very young he lived each day as if he were dying. Would there have been a wish for more time – absolutely, but he lived without regrets. How many of us could really say the same thing? We cannot control how much time we have on this earth but we can control what we do with the time we have been given.
I encourage all of us to live each day as if it is our last because guaranteed we will be better people with this attitude.
Denis Waitley said, “You have been given the greatest power in the world, the power to choose.”
Betty Anne Latrace-Henderson
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