For Today - And Forever

October 27, 2010
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A second. A minute. An hour. A day.

Eighty six thousand, four hundred seconds.

Today. Tomorrow. A week. A month. A year.

Five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes.

What would you do if you had one day left to live?

Today I woke up and grumbled out of bed.
Today I took a shower, letting the warm water wake me up.
Today I kissed my mother good-bye, as I left the house.
Today I got a good luck wish on my test from her.
Today I listened to my iPod on the bus, ignoring the rest of the world.
Today I entered my school, groaning that I had to be there.
Today I sat through my classes, mindlessly paying attention.

Today I have a friend who lost a parent.

Today I thought my worst problem was the seventy-nine I got on my math test.
Today I thought my biggest fear was that I was going to fail my Bible-Studies test.
Today I thought my greatest worry was the Latin test I had tomorrow.

Today I learned and knew how wrong I was.

Today I knew that my worst problem is not having enough time to do what I want with my life.
Today I knew that my biggest fear is that I would not have said what was most important to the people who matter most to me.
Today I knew my greatest worry is leaving this world, not having given something to it in return.

Today I saw death’s face in the tears of my friend.
Today I felt death’s presence in the comforting hugs of classmates.
Today I heard death’s voice in the quiet halls and muttered voices.

Today I faced death and wanted to run, but I didn’t know how.

Today I got off the bus and walked home.
Today I hugged my brother for more than mere seconds.
Today I hugged my sister for more than a minute.
Today I hugged my mother for longer than I can remember.
Today I cried on her shoulder and made her promise not to go anywhere.

Tonight I lay in my bed and looked up at the stars through my skylight.
Tonight I wondered at the fragileness of life.
Tonight I marveled at the closeness of death.
Tonight I asked myself:

What would I do, if I had one day left to live?

"I wish none of this had happened.”
“So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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