One of my favorite quotes is from author Stephen Levine. He says, “If you had an hour to live and could make just one phone call, who would it be to, what would you say . . . and why are you waiting?” None of us know how long we have to live. Even fewer of us realize what a blessing in disguise this “curse” of knowing we will one day die really is. It encourages us to live life to its fullest, not to take life for granted, and to be grateful for what we have, treating life as the miracle it truly is.
Since we know we are going to die someday, and that we are going to look back on our lives and reflect on what’s important, why not start living that way today? Right now? Why not plan our lives, our jobs, our day-to-day, moment-to-moment experiences based on the inevitable moment of reflection that will be upon us sooner than any of us can possibly imagine? It’s no coincidence that one of the most widely used phrases is “time flies.” It really does.
Even so, if we could only live the way we know deep down we should, we would guarantee ourselves a life of richness and fulfillment. If we answer Stephen Levine’s question honestly and act accordingly, we will have no regrets – none whatsoever.
If you had an hour to live ~
Who would you call?
What would you say?
Why are you waiting?