Saturday, July 27, 2013

What Would You Do...?

My friend Kelli posted a question on her Facebook a few weeks ago. She asked, "What would you do if you knew you only had a few months to live?" When that question used to cross my mind, Tim McGraw's song would start like a recording in my head.  "I'd go skydiving. I'd go Rocky Mountain climbing. I'd go 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu.." (Feel free to sing along, folks.) The lyrics would make think of all the BIG things I would want to do if  I didn't  have much time. Having brushed a little closer with the reality of limited time than I would have chosen, I have discovered an unexpected truth. It isn't the exotic trips or adrenalin-filled adventures that line my to-do list. It is paying more attention to the normal things. Turns out the LITTLE things are the BIG things! Who knew?!?

Tim croons that we should live like we were dying. Pretty good advice actually. What would I do if I only had a few days, months, years, to live?
Praise God--all day, every day.
See more sunsets (Sunrises are just so stinking early! I have a friend who posts a picture of a sunrise each day on Facebook. I live vicariously through her! Those extra minutes of sleep bring me happiness!)
Treat my family with the sort of pleasantness I use in public. (Yikes! Sometimes I am nicer in the hall at work than I am in my own home!)
Tell people how I feel about them (if it is nice, of course).
Find good in bad situations.
Chill out about things I can't control.
Do  random acts of kindness more often.
Take lots of pictures with people I love.
Encourage people who are struggling.
Tell my boys how much I love them and how proud they make me every day. (And hug them even if they squirm!)
Treat my husband like I did when we were dating.
Slow down.
Listen to really good music.
Reminisce and tell stories of "the good ole days" (which may have been this morning).
Say thank you for all life's blessings.
Fix what I can fix and let go of the rest.
Play some practical jokes.
Sit on my porch and be quiet.
Ask forgiveness.
Be present.
Live each day with passion.

Not an all inclusive list, but plenty to get me started! How about you? What would you do? I wonder if you will discover that the little stuff is the big stuff.  Whatever is on your list, get after it! No one is promised tomorrow, but if you are reading this, you have today! Better get a move on!

1 comment:

  1. After I posted that, I almost lost my life in a car accident. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to do the things on this list. The little things make life special. Kelli