If tomorrow never comes, will the people you love know how much you love them? Will you have done what you really wanted to do in your lifetime? To stop procrastinating on the important things in life, you have to live like you’ll die tomorrow.
One day, tomorrow will not come. We all know that. We just assume that today will not be the day that this comes true. What would you do today if you knew it were your last?
1. Tell your loved ones how much you love them
When people know they have only minutes left to live, almost all will try to pass a message to their loved one. All they want to say are three words, “I love you”. They know they are running out of time, but we still have time. We should use it well.
So take every opportunity you have to tell those you love that you love them. Tell them what you love about them, and what you appreciate about them. Talk about specific shared moments you remember. Do this every time you have a chance.
2. Forgive the unforgiven
To avoid regrets on our deathbed, we can start to mend relationships that have gone sour but still matter to us. You can start small. Just smile the next time you see the person. Or send them a birthday or Christmas card. It doesn’t really matter what the gesture is. They’ll understand.
And whether or not they respond graciously, you will be at peace. Their response is their responsibility, not yours. Maybe they have issues with forgiveness too. You can show the way.
3. Spend time with those you love
Make five minutes a day, or even a week, to spend with someone you love. Ask them about their day and really listen. Or just sit together doing nothing. Especially for children, giving your time lets them know how much they mean to you.
You’ll be surprised how much you can learn about people when you really stop and pay attention. Even with those you think you already know well. Try to notice something about them that you never noticed before. We all want somebody to witness our lives. You can be that witness for somebody today. And that person will feel less lonely because for five minutes, they really mattered to you.
So live like you’ll die tomorrow
Chances are you’ll live far beyond tomorrow. But if you life like you’ll die tomorrow, you would have done what really mattered today. You would have lived a day worth living, every single day of your life. That’s the only way I want to live. And I hope you do too.