What Would You Do If Today Was Your Last Day?

Be Well Be Happy

The other day I was in a local place and read the sign: “Dance like no one is watching, sing like no one is listening, live each day like it’s your last.” I have read that many times, but on this day, I began to think what would I do if I knew that at midnight, that would be it. Would I go about that day in my normal way? Would I call everyone I know to talk? Would I visit close family and friends? Would I tell anyone? Would I get in the car and take a drive to a beautiful country place? It is kind of jarring to think about it and I really don’t know what I would do. Do you know what you would do if today was your last day?

Just got into thinking about the reality of it, which brought me to: I know that the idea behind the saying is to live fully, completely, preciously, by doing things to feel good, nourish the mind, fulfill the inner self. Because we do not know how long we have, we do not know how healthy we will be, we don’t know. Starts to make you think. What is important for me in my life? All food for contemplation.

Just like bringing into daily life the gift of gratitude - “actfully” being grateful by thanking out loud the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink that create our “prana” - life force energy - and everything that brings us joy, peace, fun, etc.... another beneficial practice is to find meaning or significance in the everyday small things that come into our lives and that we create on a day-to-day basis. It is remarkable, for example, that we have a meaningful conversation with a friend on a topic that we care about and by acknowledging that, we actually get a heightened sense of fulfillment. Stopping to acknowledge the pattern of the dewdrops as they glisten brings a heightened awareness of nature. So enhancing our daily lives by paying attention and acknowledging is a good way of making life meaningful.

The other thought is not putting things off. If you’ve been thinking of going somewhere, or visiting someone, or whatever, just do it. It will make you feel good. If you cannot do something you really want to for financial reasons or family obligations or whatever right now, perhaps researching and planning and spending positive energy on thinking about it will manifest into it actually happening. 

So “living each day like it’s your last” is really about affecting what is in our control and feeling good about every day: being present and acting on giving, experiencing, making a difference in someone’s life, creating, planning, seeking knowledge - stimulating the heart and mind to actualize a happy life. 

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

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