What would you do if you only had one more day to live?
It’s sort of a loaded question, right? Most of us will not be faced with that decision because we simply don’t know when our last day will be. Me, being the planner and organizer that I am, would of course love to know when my last day on earth is so I can plan accordingly. I wish that’s how it worked.
The idea of having one more day brings on many questions. What would your last day look like? What would you do?
In the end, I don’t think one more day is enough time to change your life, to fix the problems, or to create a lasting memory on many people.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past few years, it’s that we need to live every single day as if it’s our last day on earth. It is what I have been striving to do for the last few years and while it’s hard and overwhelming at times, it’s worth it. I am not perfect at it. I’m not a perfect person. Every single day is not filled with huge adventures and events that will live on forever. But by asking myself three questions each day, I have found that I have peace around the idea of only having one more day to live. I have found comfort knowing that each day I have done something to improve my life and the lives around me.
Each of my days are filled with these three questions:
1. What am I doing for my family? What am I teaching my children. How am I serving my family. Am I showing my children my love for life, for them, and for myself? Am I living the life that I want them to remember me by? Have I taught my children the important things in life? Have I shown my spouse my love and appreciation? Have I helped my spouse? How am I showing my family that I love them?
2. What am I doing for myself? Have I read, watched, and eaten something that I enjoy? Did I take time out for myself? Have I fulfilled my need to grow academically and spiritually? Did I treat myself with kindness and respect? Is what I’m doing fulfilling and enjoyable?
3. What am I doing for others? Have I helped someone? Did I call, text, or visit someone? Did I help the mom in the Costco parking lot with the screaming baby and crying children load her things into the car? Did I smile at someone? Was I calm while driving on the road? Did I show kindness to each person I interacted with?
Again, I’m not perfect at these things. At the end of the day, I make sure I apologize to my children and spouse when I haven’t been who I wanted to be that day, when I’ve been impatient, when I’ve been too frustrated, and when I haven’t been as helpful as hoped for. At the end of the day, I can always find areas where I could have done better. However, having these goals to work towards daily gives me direction to live each of my days to the fullest.
I truly believe that if we live each day in a way that we can be proud of, we will find more happiness in life. If I die tomorrow, I will know that with these three questions I work on each day, I will feel like I have had a fulfilling life. With these three questions answered each day, I will have loved my family, myself, and others. I could leave the earth and truly believe I’ve made an impact and done the best I could in life.
Now that you know how I live my life each day, I encourage you to take a look at your own life. What are the things you want to accomplish each day? What is important to you? Write down your own questions for yourself and fulfill them each day. I promise you that by doing so, you will feel content with your life. You will feel satisfied. You will be prepared for your last day.