Sometimes, we wish we had a sneak peak of the future so that we would do things the right way or in more interesting ways. If we had gotten this ‘60-seconds’ fast-forward experience into the future, perhaps we would have known what to do and what not to do. What we ought to have taken serious and what we shouldn’t, what fun we shouldn’t have missed and also regretful things we shouldn’t have laid hands on the first place. In fact, we would have just had a perfect life. But the truth is, this never happens and it may never happen.
We are all left with life as it is; nothing more, nothing less. In one way or the other, we are always reminded of the simple fact that we don’t have control over time but how do we make the best use of this time that has been allotted to us daily, weekly and yearly?
Imagine you were told that you had only tomorrow to live and after which you will cease to exist. How would you live that one day? Will you whine and mourn all day? Or will you wine and dine instead? I think you will have to take your time to answer that question because it holds the key to how much fulfillment you can derive from living on the planet.
In this kind of situation, I know we will want to make the best use of that day. In fact, it might be enough to complete the ‘great-to-do list’ we will have for the day.
To do this, we have to liken our living on this earth to a journey. You can either get to the destination without enjoying the journey or you enjoy every bit of the journey and yet reach your destination. So, if we actually want to enjoy living on this planet, you may have to live each day like it is your last.
When I say we should live each day like it is our last, I mean two things:
1. Everyday should be lived with a definite purpose.
Fulfillment, which is the ultimate enjoyment of life, only comes from achieving your goals. So, know what you want from, for, and in each day and make sure you achieve it. You may use a to-do list and you may not. What is most important is that each day of life comes with a purpose for you to fulfill.
2. Do what you enjoy and love doing the most
The second thing the call for living each day like your last requires is based on the premise that if today was known to you to be your last day of existence, you will probably do what you enjoy and love doing most. This second action-point might be subjected to a lot of bias based on what your preferences are. But the best thing you can do is to try to leave a legacy of what you will be remembered for.
It may not sound realistic. How would you leave a legacy strong and substantial enough to last for long in a couple of hours (considering our premise)? It takes years of hard work for people who have that impact to do it, so how can it be done in one day of living? But the fact is that we have the opportunity of knowing this now, so we should start with what we have.
Twenty Four hours in one day can do something. So make good use of it.
Erecting monuments or structures in your name or maybe by having many streets named after you may be a shortcut to do it but that is only possible if you have the money and time to do it.
I believe strongly that inscribing it on the hearts of men is what keeps your name on forever.
In a nutshell, each day of life, make sure you reach out to someone. Light up someone’s day. Be a blessing to that person. Out of your abundance, affect a person’s life positively. Nothing is too small. Start and see how much joy you get. So, how much more can you enjoy life?
Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.Horace Mann
Think of how you can be a blessing to humanity before you die and do it! You will consciously and unconsciously find yourself enjoying the moments and your regrets will be minimal and joy and happiness in abundance!
The complete and invaluable joy of living comes from leaving positive impacts on everyone we can ever meet!
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