My Last Day… (as if)

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I will live this day as if it is my last.

And what shall I do with this last precious day which remains in my keeping?
First, I will seal up its container of life so that not one drop spills itself upon the sand.
I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes,
yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart,
for why should I throw good after bad?

Can sand flow upward in the hour glass?
Will the sun rise where it sets and set where it rises?
Can I take back the evil that was spoken, the blows that were struck,
the pain that was caused?
No. Yesterday is buried forever and I will think of it no more.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

And what then shall I do?
Forgetting yesterday, neither will I think of tomorrow.
Why should I throw now after maybe?
Can I perform tomorrow’s deeds while standing in today’s path?
Can I place tomorrow’s gold in today’s purse?
Should I torment myself with problems that may never come to pass?
No! Tomorrow lies buried with yesterday, and I will think of it no more.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

This day is all I have and these hours and now my eternity.
I lift mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day
I am indeed a fortunate man and today’s hours are but a bonus, undeserved.
Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others,
far better than I, have departed?

Is it that they have accomplished their purpose while mine is yet to be achieved?
Is this another opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be?
Is there a purpose in nature?
Is this my day to excel?

I will live this day as if it is my last.

I have but one life and life is naught but a measurement of time.
When I waste one I destroy the other.
If I waste today I destroy the last page of my life.
Therefore, each hour of this day will I cherish for it can never return.
What dying man can purchase another breath though he willingly give all his gold?
What price dare I place on the hour ahead?
I will make them priceless!

I will live this day as if it is my last.

The duties of today I shall fulfill today.
Today I shall fondle my children while they are young;
tomorrow they will be gone, and so will I.
Today I shall embrace my woman with sweet kisses;
tomorrow she will be gone and so will I.
Today I shall lift up a friend in need; tomorrow he will no longer cry for help,
nor will I hear his cries.
Today I shall give myself in sacrifice and work;
tomorrow I will have nothing to give, and there will be none to receive.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

I will avoid with fury the killers of time.
Procrastination I will destroy with action; doubt I will bury under faith;
fear I will dismember with confidence.
Where there are idle mouths, I will listen not;
where there are idle hands, I will linger not;
where there are idle bodies, I will visit not.
I am a man of love and today is my last chance to prove
my love and my greatness.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

And if it is my last, it will be my greatest monument.
This day I will make the best day of my life.
This day I will drink every minute to its full.
I will savor its taste and give thanks.
I will maketh every hour count and each minute
I will trade only for something of value.
Each minute of today will be more fruitful than hours of yesterday.
My last must be my best.

I will live this day as if it is my last.
And if it is not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks.

From Scroll  from the book “The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino

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