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Question of the Day: No. 545

Today is your last day on earth.

How are you going to spend it? What are you going to say? What will you let go of?

I look forward to hearing your answers.


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70 thoughts on “Question of the Day: No. 545

    1. Looking for beauty is a great way to spend any day. Being grateful for everything I have been given and to all the people in my life is exactly how I would spend my last day. Seems like a sensible way to spend all days too! Thanks Andrew ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™

  1. Iโ€™ll spend every moment I have left with my family- mother, grandmother, uncles, aunts, first cousins, second cousins, great uncles and aunts, etc.. Iโ€™ll be with everyone, request a gathering and shall end my life with smiles and laughter.
    PS: There are many relationships that donโ€™t have a word for them in English. In Southasia, families are tightly knit and likely became nuclear only in recent generations. Hence, we are close to our 2nd cousins, siblings of our grandparents, their cousins, etcโ€ฆ In English, you just have the word โ€œuncleโ€ or โ€œauntโ€. In our languages, you have a different word for each of them depending on whether they are your motherโ€™s younger brother or older brother or fatherโ€™s younger brother and so onโ€ฆ Sorry for adding this unnecessary note, I had to explain what โ€œfamilyโ€ means in our part of the world to get it across sensibly ๐Ÿ˜…

    1. Not at all – I love unnecessary notes. That’s what we’re all about here at PO. I live in Hong Kong – my wife’s family is from here so I’m aware. I suspect spending time with those who mean the most to us would be at the top of most people’s list. I like the idea of organising a gathering. Beautiful. Thank you Sam ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Going to relax on the beach. A few adult beverages and a steak and potatoes dinner.

    Going to let go of all my hostility toward others. Leaving with a smile.

    1. Only the finest wine and steak of course! I like the idea of getting to the beach and listening to the waves. I think that would be a lovely way to find peace in your final moments. Thank you Ken ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I do believe accepting our own mortality is perhaps life’s hardest lesson – but exactly what we must come to terms with in order to find it. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™

  3. I’ll spend the time with loved ones because that’s the closest relativity I have with nature followed by holding hands and cuddles with the life partner. I would express my apologies and thanks to this gift of life. Anger and inflated ego are my true weakness which I wish to negate and grow out of it.

  4. I’d wake up early, have a great cup of coffee, swim to the middle of Mirror Lake in New York Stateโ€™s Adirondack Mountains …stop there and tread water taking in the glory of nature….. come ashore for breakfast then bike the hills… and finish off the day with a slow run around the lake… dinner with family, wine and dancing and a loving goodbye…

  5. What an interesting question, AP2. I like how you set it up.

    First, I’d cancel my hair appointment. Too late to fix that. But I’d pay anyway.

    Then I’d spend the rest of the day with my young children making sure that they know, absolutely know, they are loved, precious and rare. I’d write them secret messages for them to uncover every time they doubt that love is real so that they remember as they grow that they were rooted in love and remain loved, even as the memory of my touch fades.

    Finally we’d practice throwing popcorn in the air to catch in our mouths, making any bodily noises that crack us up, playing chase and more importantly the catching and hugging part, and laughing for all the time I have remaining.

    Too specific? ๐Ÿ™‚

    What would you do?

    1. No not all – exactly the kind of answer I was looking for. I love that you would cancel and pay for your hair appointment! Time with my children and my wife would be at the top of my list.

      First, I’d call my parents to let them know how thankful I am for everything they have given me. I’d tell them not to ever feel bad about mistakes made. I’d let them know how sorry I am for the mistakes I have.

      I would then take the time to write a letter to my wife and my children. Something for them to draw on in the years ahead. The rest of the time would be spent just being. Loving, crying, laughing – letting go of all the bullshit in my head and simply being with and for those who mean the most to me.

      Finally I’d let my wife and children know, they have given me everything I ever needed or wanted. My life was complete the moment they entered it.

      Then I would rest in peace.

      That’s what I would do.

  6. I’d endeavor to live my last day on earth as it were my first day in Heaven, sharing with others the endless peace, joy and love that awaits for everyone who has put their trust in Jesus for their eternal destiny . . . a choice with 3 options everyone will make . . . Accept – Reject – Ignore . . . with 1 of 2 outcomes . . . Heaven or Hell . . . The Choice God has given each of us that will determine our eternal destination.

  7. My last day would begin with
    Prayer and meditation then I’d be with my family and friends I’d throw a celebration of life that includes virtual attendees of course good food drinks music and lots of laughter and dancing and gifts will be included for attendees oh and I would get that last whatever in not rushing taking it nice and slowly use your imagination. To wrap up the evening I’d take a spiritual bath to cleanse any negativity from my spirit, thoughts and body then I would dress for the occasion or departure.

    1. I would meditate too. I would want to be as present as I possibly can for each and every moment. Good times with those I love would be at top of my list too. Thank you for sharing Jacqueline ๐Ÿ™

  8. The answers so far, and I did not get far along in responses are to relax and soul search, relate to persons close, or find peaceยฟ
    I think of doing other things in accordance to living out the last day. Living being the operative word, and so I shall.
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    1. I was thinking I might write my goodbyes in a letter addressed to those I love most dearly. Then spend the rest of my time with my kids and wife.

    1. It would certainly be a lot to process. But for fear of the unknown Iโ€™d spend all of the time left with what I do know and love.

  9. As a writer and photographer, I’d make sure all my words and images were set free for all to read and see. Hopefully they’d bring joy to others, and that’s all I can hope for in my present continuing life.

  10. Love on my family! Love on my friends! Love on my pet Charlie! Eat some chocolate, drink some good wine, enjoy the beauty outside. Be thankful and trust that God has helped me make the world a little better for having been in it.

    1. Just live for and show love. And definitely eat some chocolate ๐Ÿ™‚. Thank you for sharing your thoughts ๐Ÿ™

    1. A cup of tea! I love that. I would also hold my wife and children and take the time to say goodbye to my family via telephone. Thank you for sharing Cheryl ๐Ÿ™

  11. Gather the family and friends, have a lunch, hug those I love, pray and meditate, close my eyes and commune with God.

  12. If today’s my last day, then I have a cold, so I donโ€™t feel great. But I’m definitely not going to worry about money or work. And even though I have the sniffles, I’ll spend my last moments with my family, and we’ll probably cry at some point.

    1. Crying would definitely by on the agenda for me. I often think we worry far too much about work and money. Enjoying and having a meaningful today are the most important things. Hope you feel better soon Kristina. ๐Ÿ™

  13. find my peace in something beautiful, probably end the day watching the stars and try to name as many constellations I can. Hopefully I can find someone to star gaze with me :).

  14. I would let go of my self, but not in a bad way- just like, let myself be happy without worrying about the outside and other people. Let myself be in peace and comfort.

  15. I’d spend it with my family and friends outdoors, soaking up the last bit of beauty with the people I care about. Prepared to die as I lived.

  16. Last day huh?
    I was going to say something along the lines of doing everything I was afraid of doing, but then stopped my trail of thoughts. Because if I do so I will regret not spending time with the people who matter to me. People who I cherish and who cherish me too. Tell them that even within the numerous fights I had with them, I loved them and still do. I will have regrets, a lot of them for not using my time better, for not pursuing my dreams when I had the time to. But the same time understand why my foolish self did so. Rather than what I will do, this is going along the lines of what I will feel. And I think, thats going to play a huge part in what my actions will be. My mind will be in a state of confusion and I’m bound to do something implusive and then I will calm down only to realise what I had stated before. To spend time with the people I love.

  17. I’d go roller skate on the rivers edge, get some food downtown, then go for a hike in the woods. Probably spend it with my dog and then say goodbye to my mom and dad

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