Life is too short!

Dr. Richard Carlson(1961-2006)
Dr. Richard Carlson(1961-2006)

Live This Day as if it Were Your Last. It Might be.

When are you going to die? In fifty years, twenty, ten, five, today? Last time I checked, no one told me. I often wonder, when listening to the news, did the person who died in the auto accident on his way home from work remember to tell his family how much he loved them? Did he live well? Did he love well? Perhaps the only thing that is certain is that he still had things in his “in basket” that  weren’t yet done.

The truth is, none of us has any idea how long we have to live. Sadly, however, we act as if we’re going to live forever. We postpone the things that, deep down, we know we want to do- telling the people we love how much we care, spending time alone, visiting a good friend, taking the beautiful hike, running a marathon, writing a heartfelt letter, going fishing with your daughter, learning to meditate, becoming a better listener, and on and on. We come up with elaborate and sophisticated rationales to justify our action, and end up spending most of our time and energy doing things that aren’t all that important. We argue for our limitations, and they become our limitations.

I felt it appropriate to end this book by suggesting that you live your life each day as if it were your last on this earth. I suggest this not as a prescription to be reckless or to abandon your responsibilities, but to remind you of how precious life really is. A friend of mind once said “life is too important fo take to seriously.” Ten year later I know he was right. I hope that this book has been, and will continue to be, helpful to you. Please don’t forget to the most basic strategy of all, Don’t sweat the small stuff! I well end this book by sincerely saying that I wish you well.

Treasure your life

Carlson, R. 1998. Don’t sweat over the small stuff: Simple ways to keep the little things from overtaking your life. Great Britain. Hooder & Stoughton

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