“If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?” ~ Stephen Levine …
What a powerful way to look at life! If I could wake up each morning and ask myself this question, and then make it a priority to answer it to the best of my abilities, I am sure that I would not have any grudges or regrets. Nor would I have things left unsaid or undone in my life. This is the most authentic way to live our lives–telling others everything that needs to be said when we have the ability to do so.
If I were going to die tomorrow… are there things I have said that were unkind to those I love? Did I have an argument with my spouse or siblings and leave it on bad terms? Do I want my last words to one of my daughters to be words of anger or frustration? Of course not!
Keeping our mind clear of regrets and grudges frees us up to being fully present in the here and now. It allows us to keep our life in perspective and to free ourselves from those feelings of anger, resentment, and pride. Do not wait for the perfect time to apologize… that time may never come.
Clear your mind today of at least one thing that needs to be said.
Questions to consider:
Is it morbid to think of the possibility of dying tomorrow? Why do a lot of people avoid thinking this way?
What is the most important situation that you would like to make right in your life?
Why might we not make the calls that would make things better, or that would give us a chance to talk to people we care for?
For further thought:
“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” ~ Lemony Snicket