Friday, October 11, 2019

Live like You Are Dying


What would you do if you looked at that Xray, seeing the worst news possible?

Some bloggers could tell immediately what it was like, what they did, and what they realized what they had to do. There are so many who could answer that question.

YouTube: Scott McCreery and Tim McGraw
American Idol 2011
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Lyrics are:

Live Like You Were Dying

He said
"I was in my early forties
With a lot of life before me
And a moment came that stopped me on a dime
I spent most of the next days
Looking at the x-rays
Talkin' 'bout the options
And talkin' 'bout sweet time"
I asked him
"When it sank in
That this might really be the real end
How's it hit you
When you get that kind of news?
Man, what'd you do?"
He said
"I went skydiving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying"
And he said
"Someday I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dying"
He said
"I was finally the husband
That most of the time I wasn't
And I became a friend a friend would like to have
And all of a sudden going fishin'
Wasn't such an imposition
And I went three times that year I lost my dad
I finally read the Good Book, and I
Took a good, long, hard look
At what I'd do if I could do it all again
And then
I went skydiving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying"
And he said
"Someday I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dying
Like tomorrow was a gift
And you've got eternity
To think about
What you'd do with it
What could you do with it
What did I do with it?
What would I do with it?
Life is urgent, it is now. Believe and then act on your beliefs. 
 John 11:25-26. Our life in Him never ends.

53 comments:

  1. I've not had the fatal diagnosis, nor have I lived as though my time was ending soon....but what a great reminder! And so appropriate for the events I'll experience this weekend.

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    1. Whatever those are, you'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  2. I have always felt it was sad that people don't remember to enjoy life until they see it slipping away. I agree with Auntie Mame. "Live, live, live!"

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  3. Actually we start dying the day we are born but it usually takes a diagnosis to bring it home. I've had three of them and now it is old hat. I wake up and go for the day the best I can and try to never avoid an experience that will make me learn or bring me joy.

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  4. I try very hard to live each day so that if it were my last, I wouldn't regret having spent it that way. I hope I'll never be faced with that choice or news but if I do, I know I can look back and be OK with me.

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    1. That is what I will have to do, if that comes to me.

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  5. I don't know what I would do. It'll probably happen to all of us one day.

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    1. You are young yet and those moments will hopefully be far away.

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  6. We all try to live like there's no tomorrow cause some day there won't be.

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    1. I think that is why I write. I want those moments in my life reflected in my words.

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  7. I am indeed dying (though know not when). And do try and fill my days with things of meaning.

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    1. You give me such beauty in your marvelous photos.

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  8. I played the video, I wish I could understand the words as they sing. But the written words brought a halt to my speech when I tried to read them to my Sherry. We both agree that for many years we have tried to live like that. Not everyone can. Some folk live pay day to payday and feel like they cannot take time to die. But we all will.
    Anyway what a great read, what a great thought also. 'Live like you were dying. Yes we all are, but it is always at least months or years ahead. I have had the opportunity of TWO men who called me to say, "Jack, the Dr. just gave me the death sentence."
    That makes you think.....
    Sherry & jack

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    1. Oh. Too many times I have had that call or face-to-face talk. We are all coming to that wall someday, one to climb over.

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  9. Tim has been singing that song for years now. I'm starting to think he's lying.

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  10. First you need $$$. Cardboard boxes aren't fun.

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  11. Good advice. We often do not appreciate all the good moments and the good things that we have. I fear that when people do get a very bad diagnosis they are then understandable too full of anxiety to enjoy the remaining time.

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    1. My chest tightened up when I had a lump aspiration. Lots of anxiety there, and when the result was negative, life never felt so good.

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  12. Reminds me of that amazing book, The Power of Now' by Eckhart Tolle. As I am nearly 83, I am aware that every day is precious, but still there are times when I still waste what little I have left. 🤭

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  13. Powerful ... methinks that's one of the best songs ever written and recorded.

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    1. Sure is a reminder that we live on this earth only once, and to make the best of it.

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  14. This reminds me of that Kathy Mattea song that says:

    "You got to sing sometimes like you don't need the money.
    Love sometimes like you'll never get hurt.
    You got to dance, dance, dance like nobody's watchin'.
    It's gotta come from the heart if you want it to work."

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  15. see this is why I LOVE DEATH MORE THAN LIFE :)
    because it is the only thing that can MAKE LOVE YOUR LIFE EACH MOMENT :)))
    incredible post dear Susan ,so grateful you shred it
    my love for life starts with very first thought of death itself
    i know no time for negative stuff as life is SHORT ,AND UNPREDICTABLE and that makes it AMAZINGLY EXCITING :)

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    1. Life is a one shot thing, no seconds around. Makes me appreciate the one I have.

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  16. The song speaks to the tricky part about life: you never know what you're going to regret later. Will it be wishing you'd taken the risk or wishing you hadn't? Being more generous or were there times when you should have been more selfish? Is what I regret five minutes from now the same as what I'll regret 20 years from now?

    Those who research such things say that as the end nears, one's life shrinks. The people closest to you become more important, everyone else less so. I try to think about that in terms of setting my life priorities now. I've said for years: my students will have other teachers but my daughter only gets one Dad, my wife only one first husband. That perspective, so far, has served me well.

    Deep thinking for a Saturday morning!

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    1. So well said. My students will move on to other loves, and I will have my family and their love.

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  17. I learned from a dear friend about living with joy and dying with dignity some years ago. I try to emulate her, but I fall short at times.

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  18. From the day we're born, we're all dying. Happy thought, right? I guess the trick is to make the most of the life we have and to pay it forward to as many people in need as we can. Giving and loving is what's important in life. All else is just background noise and distractions. Be your best self and you can't go wrong.

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    1. Love, friendship, working, giving, living a full life---what we should be doing.

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  19. This is it so we might as well make the most of it.
    Good post, Susan.

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    1. This is our allotment of time. "Make hay while the sun shines" type of thing.

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  20. I apologize for being so far behind in my visit. I'm in catch-up mode, although I may never catch up. I've not had anyone I know get that kind of news, but I've had a couple of my friends die suddenly in car accidents. I always tell my dear friends how much I love them each time I talk to them, whether it is on the phone or in person. That way I will have no regrets in case something happens to me or to them. Only tears for them, but no regrets.

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  21. We have to live each and every day to the fullest and best we can, and always give our loved ones a hug and tell them we love them ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. Of all the actions we take, loving our family is #1 on any list.

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  22. Yes- I try to live each day to its fullest. Having looked cancer in the face with my husband three times in 7 years, we understand that we have to grasp life while we can. xo Diana

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  23. I can't quite say that I've been there and done that although I've lived with cancer ever since a major operation (in those days) 21 years ago. It does alter your perspective on life. However, so much depends on your general outlook. I was blessed with a positive, optimistic view of life. I have friends who are quite the reverse. I feel sad for them.

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    1. So glad to meet you. It is not easy to face those days with the courage you have. Blessed is the key word.

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  24. In this life family is precious and we're all like candles, eventually we flicker out and our spirits dart across the sky like shooting stars.

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  25. Well described. Thanks for expressing it so well.

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  26. That song always makes me stop and think.

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