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Minute Meditations

What Would You Do?

Dec 1, 2021
Woman dancing under the sun | Image: Julia Caesar via Unsplash

If this were your last day, hour, minute, or breath, imagine how you might drink in the daylight, taste the twilight, touch the stars, smell the sunshine, delight at songbirds, listen to the look of your loved ones, bow before the sanctity of a stranger, be carried away with astonishment, and be beside yourself with awe at the wonder of it all. Perhaps we engage life in its fullness when we stop asking if we are “there” yet and live into the unfolding and radical realization that we are always already “here." For it is only “here” that we can really be, wholly present and fully engaged; and no matter where you go, there you are.

— from the book Wandering and Welcome: Meditations for Finding Peace
by Joseph Grant

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Arlene B. Muller
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 08:14 AM
Arlene B. Muller
Unfortunately most people who are living their last days on earth are enduring too much physical suffering to enjoy any of these. My Mom's last day on earth was spent struggling for every breath with the aid of oxygen, with her body filled up with fluid, & with her devoted aide & me at her side in the hospital after she had survived 3 years enduring Stage 4 metastic breast cancer that had metastasized to the bones of her spine & pelvis & finally was succumbing to an infection throughout her bloodstream & pneumonia. If we are healthy & are given knowledge on that day that this will be our last day on earth we are blessed. So the secret is to learn how to appreciate all the blessings GOD has given us in our lives every day. I believe my Mom tried her best to do this, even in the midst of her illness. She always showed appreciation for the kindness given to her. But it's very hard to do when just to breathe takes every bit of energy & concentration one has.

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