Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. – Bob Moorehead
Recent losses have reminded me that life passes by quickly. Since I can’t go back and delete what I don’t like or rewind my life so I could have lived it differently, the best I can do now is to make every day count.
Knowing that each moment slips quietly into the past inspires me to make the most of every second. Limiting regret and the should-haves, could-haves and would-haves gives me the courage to give the best of me every day.
Making Every Day Count
When my last day arrives I want to slip away knowing that I shared my heart completely and lived my life fully. To prepare, I’m going to try to make every minute last a little longer – I’m going to try to make every day count.
Here’s my plan. I hope it encourages you to cherish the amazing gift of today you’ve been given and to make every day count, too.
I will rise early and take advantage of the early-morning quiet to pray, write or just be before the busyness of the day takes over. The coffee’s sweet aroma will be enjoyed as I consider more of my blessings and less of my worries.
To keep my heart strong, I will work out most mornings. Playing my favorite music on my iPhone, I will use this time to be inspired by the lyrics as sweat covers me like a deliciously sticky goo that’s you don’t want to wipe away.
Before leaving for work, I will kiss Mary Beth and Emily with heartfelt intention.
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
At work, I will try harder to make a difference – to give the gifts I have and leave nothing behind. Though my job doesn’t define who I am, it does allow my family to live without worry. So, it’s important. It’s also important to help the people who need me there and to make the company stronger so everyone can continue to provide for their families without worry, too.
4:30 – 5 p.m.
During the drive home, I will use the time to connect with my other children. With Brandon in Atlanta, Caitlin in Virginia and Andrew in college, it’s easy to lose touch. But they still need me too, so I will let them know that I’m still here – thinking of them, caring about them and always loving them.
5 – 7 p.m.
Dinner, dishes, homework and catching up on the day fill the kitchen with an energy that can be intoxicating to savor. This time is the time that defines my life the most. This time is the time that I want to slow down the most. But since I can’t, I will do my best to cherish the moments before wrapping each one in a beautiful paper and then finishing them off with a bow before tucking the moments away in my mind forever.
7 – 8:30 p.m.
When it’s time to write, I will share an appropriately-sized window into my life so I can be invited into the lives and hearts of others. I will write authentically and transparently so my words have a chance of helping someone who needs them.
8:30 – 10 p.m.
When the day’s tasks are completed, this is the time Mary Beth and I enjoy the marriage we’ve built. Watching our favorite television shows with her head resting on my shoulder, I will soak in these moments and let the sweetness ooze its way all the way down into my soul.
As I close my eyes, I will go to sleep with this one thought: I gave my best today. I gave my best effort – my best intentions – and my best love. If tomorrow doesn’t come, I know that will be enough.