People say we should live each day as if it were our last. But what does that mean? Take risks? Disregard others? Live for your self? Do whatever makes you happy?
For me, living like this is stressful and unfulfulling. It reminds me of my mortality and so builds up my anxiety. It makes me feel hardhearted towards others. It makes me feel that the (many) mundane aspects of my life are pointless and time-wasting. So, I shifted my perspective.
Jesus said, 'I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.' If I live to be 100 without having lived abundantly, those years would be wasted. If I live every day 'fully' then no day is wasted, no matter how long (or short) I live. But that's living life with hope for tomorrow, not as though the world is ending.
What if I lived each day as if it were my FIRST? If today was my first day on earth as an adult, I would look about in awe, the details of the world would be a marvel. I would see other people through loving, trusting, inquiring eyes. I would listen more. I would want to try new things, explore my surroundings. I would wake up purposefully and go about my day with gratitude. I would appreciate all weathers, tiny flowers, a bird singing. I would not doubt my abilities in anything. My mundane would feel a blessing.
So, when I stop and admire a daisy peeking through a crack in the pavement, it's because, through all the pain and sorrow in my heart, I'm determined to live life to the full.
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