Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you & do what you can

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What would you do if you only had one day left?

It might seem like a trivial question, a hypothetical or even an inconsequential amount of time when you think about the days, months and lifetime ahead of you. 

But time is a trickster you don't see coming. A taskmaster diligently deducting seconds and minutes from your time bank. 

I think the majority of us don't value our end. We don't get that it's already much later than we think. We don't take responsibility for the air we breathe. We wake up and go about spending our days consuming rather than contributing. We get caught up making a living instead of making a life. We make plans and promises we don't honour. Because there's always tomorrow.

But what if there wasn't?

What would you do with a day if you had just one left and you could spend it any way you liked?

Would you spend it complaining about your job, your co-workers, or the weather?

Would you spend it scrutinising your wrinkles and the thickness of your waist?

Would you spend it agonising over having nothing to wear?

Would you spend horizontal binge watching Netflix?

Would you spend it counting carbs, fats and calories?

Would you spend it washing, scrubbing and cleaning?

Would you spend it obsessing how many people liked you on social media?

Would you spend it recounting all your disappointments, failures and fears?

Would you spend it doing your favourite thing?

Would you spend it talking, playing, hanging our with your favourite people?

Would you spend it going to the beach for a swim, walk or one last surf?

Would you spend it emptying out your bank accounts?

Would you spend it travelling to a place you've always wanted to see?

Would you spend it making amends?

I don't know exactly what I would do either but I do know I would be with a loved one, or several, eating and drinking, laughing and retelling stories. Music would be playing and I would feel content knowing that I filled my days doing the things that piqued my curiosities and fed my passions. I would be content not because I got it all right but because I got up every day and I kept trying - to create, to be kind, to love, to be better, and to leave those around me in better condition that I found them in.

Don’t think about what can happen in a month.
Don’t think about what can happen in a year.
Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and
do what you can to get closer to where you want to do.
— Eric Thomas

What can you do with a day? I believe the key is to mix a little of what you need to do with a lot of what you love to do. 

What will you do with this day? 

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