To encourage you to keep going.
To remind you to be strong.

Published on December 20, 2017 in Picture Quotes
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On The Day I Die

On the day I die a lot will happen.
A lot will change.
The world will be busy.On the day I die, all the important appointments I made will be left unattended.
The many plans I had yet to complete will remain forever undone.
The calendar that ruled so many of my days will now be irrelevant to me.
All the material things I so chased and guarded and treasured will be left in the hands of others to care for or to discard.
The words of my critics which so burdened me will cease to sting or capture anymore. They will be unable to touch me.
The arguments I believed I’d won here will not serve me or bring me any satisfaction or solace.
All my noisy incoming notifications and texts and calls will go unanswered. Their great urgency will be quieted.My many nagging regrets will all be resigned to the past, where they should have always been anyway.
Every superficial worry about my body that I ever labored over; about my waistline or hairline or frown lines, will fade away.
My carefully crafted image, the one I worked so hard to shape for others here, will be left to them to complete anyway.
The sterling reputation I once struggled so greatly to maintain will be of little concern for me anymore.

All the small and large anxieties that stole sleep from me each night will be rendered powerless.
The deep and towering mysteries about life and death that so consumed my mind will finally be clarified in a way that they could never be before while I lived.
These things will certainly all be true on the day that I die.

Yet for as much as will happen on that day, one more thing that will happen.
On the day I die, the few people who really know and truly love me will grieve deeply.
They will feel a void.
They will feel cheated.
They will not feel ready.
They will feel as though a part of them has died as well.
And on that day, more than anything in the world they will want more time with me.
I know this from those I love and grieve over.

And so knowing this, while I am still alive I’ll try to remember that my time with them is finite and fleeting and so very precious—and I’ll do my best not to waste a second of it.

I’ll try not to squander a priceless moment worrying about all the other things that will happen on the day I die, because many of those things are either not my concern or beyond my control.

Friends, those other things have an insidious way of keeping you from living even as you live; vying for your attention, competing for your affections.
They rob you of the joy of this unrepeatable, uncontainable, ever-evaporating Now with those who love you and want only to share it with you.

Don’t miss the chance to dance with them while you can.
It’s easy to waste so much daylight in the days before you die.
Don’t let your life be stolen every day by all that you believe matters, because on the day you die, much of it simply won’t.

Yes, you and I will die one day.
But before that day comes: let us live..

~ John Pavlovitz

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http://johnpavlovitz.com/

4 Comments

  1. ARLENE G. BANUELOS December 20, 2017 Reply

    On the day I die, everything will continue…

    There will just be a slight moment of mourning…but life goes on for the world…

    Hence, while we live, while I live, I cherish all the good things I do for my lovedones…for all of you my friends…thank you so much for everything….

  2. Addison December 20, 2017 Reply

    After a number of losses, I attest that this is the best perspective! As long as you’re still breathing, you can choose to ‘dance!’
    Thank you for sharing!

  3. Petya December 21, 2017 Reply

    Lets feel alive.

  4. Darlington December 23, 2017 Reply

    Death is sure to come, and there is nothing we can do about it, so we have to live, and therefore life has to go on, but we have to have to have our kind to take on and continue from where it was ended, is like a production it can never be completed untill its goods reaches its final consumer, is a way we have to set to pass it on, on and on, ever and ever. Precious, amazing, wonderful, definitely, absolutely, obviously we all have to attend to nature one day
    Thank you God bless.

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