I have been thinking a lot lately about my actions, reactions, and thoughts. Would they be the same if I knew I only had one more week to live? Would I get upset about the small stuff? Would I worry about my retirement? Would I worry about whether I was going to find a life partner or not? Would I spend so much time thinking about all the things on my agenda for next week? Would I really get upset because someone did not speak to me?
Death is a reality. It is inevitable. It is coming for sure and none of us know when. When I think of death in this way, I know that death makes us all the same. The rich, poor, gay, straight, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, black, white, Islam, and all other humans will experience death. None of us are exempt. Perhaps if I lived with this reality in mind, it would change my actions, reactions, and thoughts. If I lived every week like it was my last, perhaps I would do things a bit different. Every moment counts. My next breath could be my last. That’s the reality.
If you knew that every person you talk to this week, you’d be talking to them for the last time, would it change the conversation? If you knew you’d be seeing them for the last time, how would you feel? How would you interact with them? Would you grumble, complain, criticize, hold grudges, have a chip on your shoulder, and gossip about others?
If you were going to die in a week, how would that change things for you? Would you let go of the petty stuff you hold on to? Would your priorities change? Would your thoughts change?
If I knew it was my last week to be alive, and it could be, I would cherish every moment. I would love on my friends and family. I would make time to spend with them. I wouldn’t worry about things in the future. I would live in the moment and enjoy life to the fullest. I would just enjoy the life that’s happening to me instead of the one I wish was happening. I wouldn’t waste a moment trying to make other things happen. I would just appreciate the moments I have been given.
I challenge you to live like it’s your last week. Live, love, appreciate, and be in every moment. Let go of all the negative thoughts, grudges, hate, gossip, and worry because after-all, if it were your last week those things would not matter.
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