Yesterday I read a mans last post. It was truly his last post. He passed away on October 3. What I got from his message can be summed up in a few sentences. Life has unexpected twists and turns. Enjoy your life and be open to possibilities. Be there for the people you love the most.
This brief blog is by no means a philosophical discussion about life and death. It’s not intended to bring up any morbid thoughts. It’s a gentle reminder about life now in this moment.
After reading Derek’s post, I asked myself: What would I do differently if this were my last day on earth?
Of coarse part of the beauty of our journey is we don’t know for certain when this day will be. And because of this any day could be our last day.
How does this make a difference in how we live now?
Forgive me if what I say may sound too cliché, but it’s my truth as it stands today—now in this moment.
If this were my last day I would:
Get up and make myself a fresh cup of “Fasting Tea” by Yogi brands. I’d sit in my favorite chair outside in the back yard facing the morning sky, and drink very slowly, being very grateful for my life to date, savoring each sip—it’s my last taste of Tea.
Then I’d go for a walk in the rain on the beach here in Encinitas. I’d walk, breathe and smile taking in fresh moist air and being grateful that I can experience this on my last day. Then I would face the ocean, root myself in the sand and do a 20 minute session of Qi-Gong that I learned from Jeff Primack my favorite teacher. This would be my “alone” time with God and I would love every minute of it
I’d visit my mother and uncle in Glendale, Ca. and have my favorite meal with them at the Smoke House in Burbank. We’ll eat and talk but this time I’d listen more—without judgment. Before leaving I’d give them both the biggest hug ever and tell them no matter what our differences were, I loved them deeply and am grateful for their love and care for me through out the years.
I’d talk to my aunt who lives back east, cousins and their kids. I’d apologize for not visiting or writing very much over the years and tell them how much I love them and how much I miss them.
Then I’d spend the rest of my time with my partner/best friend at home. I’d just be—at peace, in love, contented that I was where I want to be and that everything I was supposed to do is done. I’d pick up the guitar and sing a few of my favorite worship and secular songs. Music has a way of washing from the soul the dust of everyday life…(currently I am still single) so I might just invite a few of my favorite friends, Molly and Chloe the best labs ever, and family over to just “be” to the last breath.
What if when we get up every day we think the same thought: what would I do if this were my last day?
There are of course things that we have to do. We have to pay our bills, show up for work and put food on the table. But what if we did all those things as if it was our last day?
What a privilege would it be to provide for our families or those who depend on us! How much we’ll miss our co-workers in spite them being a pain in the backside sometimes. And how blessed we are to be able to have a meal with our loved ones. Your life is a sequence of short moments. Awaken, love and be all you can be now in this moment—no regrets or disappointments.
This is a short message from my heart and soul to yours. I hope every day and every minute of your life will be fully experienced, enjoyed and savored.