This is my second post of June, and for all I know it could also be my last. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring any more than the next person. What I do know however, is that each of us have only one opportunity to live this life that we’ve been given. An unknown period of time to spend however we choose.
It is our life to live however we want, but we should choose wisely. Life is too short to throw away. It is too short to waste.
Many of us have families, but are too busy for them. We have so many priorities: earning degrees, working overtime, climbing the corporate ladder, deadlines to meet, schedules to keep, appointments to make, etc. We run so much and so fast, that we miss everything that is important.
“You can’t take it with you.” – That’s one of the truest statements that’s ever been made, yet most people seem to forget it. It’s not until they are lying in their deathbed that they realize that they’ve wasted their lives on things that were meaningless.
Out of the many funerals I’ve been to I’ve never heard anyone say, “I remember Bob. He had a big savings account, a huge house and a garage full of fancy cars.” People don’t care about what we had. They care about who we were. How we loved them. The memories we shared.
Why is it then, that we dedicate so much time and effort to things that, at the end, don’t even matter? Especially when what does matter, is placing dinner on the table while you let it get cold, or playing alone right in front of you.
I thought about that the other day with my son. I was so caught up with work, that he spent most of the day playing alone. A day that we could have…. should have been spending together. A day wasted. What if it had been my last? What memories did I leave for my son to hold onto? None.
We only get one life. A life that can be over in a blink. We should be mindful of that. It’s not a game that we can start over, or a movie that we can rewind. Once it’s done, it’s done. Therefore, we shouldn’t waste it. Every moment should count. Every day should be meaningful.
What did you do today? If it were your last, would you (and those around you) be satisfied with how you spent it?