Live Like You Are Dying

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I think sometimes we get lost in “time frames” in our lives. Some people live totally in the future of what might be and are missing what is happening now.  They don’t know how to live in the moment and enjoy each moment life gives to us. Other people get lost in the past and just can not bring themselves to deal with the present.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mohandas Gandhi

A friend sent me this poem and it got me to thinking about life and how we can miss so much of it because we are not living in the moment….we are not living and enjoying what is happening to us right at this very moment in time. We either are hanging on to the past  and therefore can’t allow ourselves to enjoy the present, or we are too busy planning our future that we miss the present moment.

“Living In The Moment ”

 I may never see tomorrow;

There’s no written guarantee

And things that happened yesterday

Belong to history.

 I cannot predict the future

I cannot change the past

I have just the present moments

I must treat them as my last.

I must use this moment wisely

For it soon will pass away

And be lost forever

As part of yesterday.

 I must exercise compassion

Help the fallen to their feet

Be a friend unto the friendless

Make an empty life complete.

The unkind things I do today

May never be undone

And friendships that I fail to win

May nevermore be won.

 I may not have another chance

On bended knee to pray

And I thank God with a humble heart

For giving me this day.


I used to be one of those people who was always thinking ahead. I would spend so much time thinking about and planning what I was going to do that I forgot what I am doing. After my health changed, I quit taking days for granted and realized that I better make the most of each day because I might not have as many days as everyone else.

“Live Like You Are Dying”….make every day the best and the fullest. Live it as if it is your last day. Make sure you have said all the words you want to say to your loved ones, that you have told them how much you love them and how proud you are of them. Put aside things that are really not that important in the realm of things …things that are not that important if you were to die today. Sometimes petty things take up too much space in our lives.

I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.
Mohandas Gandhi
Living in the moment does not mean we can’t dream for the future. It simply means that we can not spend our whole life on a future we may or may not have. No one is guaranteed tomorrow even. So, if we miss all the joys of today, we can never get them back again. They are gone forever.

6 thoughts on “Live Like You Are Dying

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  3. Hi very late but ty this is very good. I will read again but now I must hit the bed. Love you prayers and hope you are feeling better.

  4. Hello Deb, Very good post and very interesting.Living each day like it was your last is very hard to do..It would take much practice and even then with this society I could never do it everyday.So many people and things take up my life and worries..that I always have to think and worry about my future..I really try sometimes to live like i was dying..but if I knew i was dying I couldn’t funtion let alone do the things I never got a chance to do..I often wonder what would I do if I knew I was going to die??Until that day comes I will never know.I never thought i live thru artie dying but god got me thru it and i am sure he would if it was me..I hope u are feeling better and all is good for you right now..Think of u Gleny

    • I don’t think it necessarily means pretend you are dying but to live your life like you want to live it as if you had no more days….to live it to the fullest and say and do the things that you want to make sure you get said. hugs hon and love

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