If you found out the day of your death is tomorrow, what would you do today?
It’s an old question. We’ve heard it before. We’ve even, I daresay, considered it seriously at times. When we read of a bomb killing dozens in another, less civilized, place. Or a killing spree happening in a church or a school. Or a twenty-car pileup on an icy road in Somewhere, USA.
That’s as far as I got when I started this piece on May 7, 2019. How the world has changed since then. BC—Before Covid-19.
Hundreds of thousands of people around the globe are now iris-to-iris with this force majeure. Yeah, I had to look it up, too. It means an unexpected and disruptive event . We’re there. We open our newspapers or our computers and think, what next? Who’s died now? How many?
Over and over again, ad nauseum, we hear on our national news outlets the words Breaking News! We Live In Unprecedented Times. Stay Home, Save Lives.
This is not going to be another tome on The Virus, I promise. Bloggers the world over have waxed eloquently about it—myself included—and I don’t feel the need to travel over the same hot bricks. And, IMHO, if you say “we live in unprecedented times” twice, it’s not unprecedented anymore.
But, back to the question.
What if? What if I knew without a doubt I’d turn the corner and leave the room tomorrow? Let’s gloss over the how-would-I-know part of the question and assume that I do know tomorrow’s the day and I won’t escape it. What would I do today?
Annie Lee, the unlikely heroine in my forthcoming new novel, No Tomorrows, grapples with that very question. And by the end of the novel, she knows. And so will you, the reader. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
Would I call the kids? Have a party? (Of less than five, of course.) Would I take a drive to the mountains or the ocean? Would I sit down at my Dell Window to the World and write a blog?
I sit here and wonder. If I am to die on 7/24/2020, what should I spend my time doing today?
Take ten minutes or ten years, right now, to think about it. What is so important on your to-do list that it must be done before you die tomorrow. If you think about it, seriously think about it, it might just whittle that list down a bit. Just sayin’.
This is a short post. I may not have even twenty-four hours left to me. Because I’m a follower of Christ, there’s one thing I must do before tomorrow. Can you guess?
Yes. It’s to say to the world that death does not end life. It’s to say to the world that death to this life is Life in the next.
I leave you with this—one of the best Ben Franklin quotes ever—and he had a lot. Here it is: One today is worth two tomorrows.
Go out and live your today, today.