The Trouble Is You Think You Have Time

September 12, 2018

What would you do if you went to the doctor today and they told you, you only have 12 months to live? What would you think about at that moment? Who would you call? I know, it's pretty hard to imagine, but just take a moment to think about it.

"You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away."
- James

How would your life change after this moment? Would you reconcile with old friends that hurt you in the past or maybe finally accept the people in your family that others consider outcast? Who do you think would be affected by your death? Probably not your employer, right? Your answers to these questions reveal who you impact the most and where you should spend more of your time right now.

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When I consider this hypothetical scenario I imagine that I would spend less time planning and thinking about things I'd like to see, try, and accomplish and I'd just go out there and do it. I would create more memories with my kids and take plenty of road trips with people that I love. I would go mountain climbing, bungee jumping, skydiving and zip lining at least once a month for the rest of my life. I would also travel to a third world country, find a village and spend time with all the orphans. My goal would be to help them establish a safe community where they can sustain themselves and have clean drinking water.

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You see this topic is all too familiar to me. Over the years I've lost a lot of people including my mom to illness, a loving mentor to cancer, friends to suicide and violence, and the list goes on. I know first hand that our next breathe isn't guaranteed. Something could happen today that changes what we're capable of doing tomorrow. This is why I trust God in every season of life and I try to live fearlessly without regrets.

"The trouble is you think you have time."
- Budda

Now that you've been reminded of the finite time you have left, what will you do with it? How will you maximize it? I want you to get clear on exactly who you want to be and what you want to do. Think about some of the dreams you had as a kid. These can be used as clues of what our mission in life is. Did you enjoy science or biology? Maybe you're supposed to help us find a cure for cancer. Did you always feel that we should do more than just give a homeless person change? Well, maybe that's your cue to help them become stable and get off the street. What about seeing less fortunate kids on t.v, did that make you want to adopt them? If so, maybe you should open an orphanage to care for infants and youth. The dreams and possibilities are endless! I could go on and on forever.

The bottom line is, find your mission and get out there and start living it. None of us have as much time as we think, but we can start right now with what we have. Get clear on the outcome you want to produce, map out a plan and crush it. No excuses, just results. If one route leads to a dead end, find another way. Life is too short not to live it on a mission. None of us will live forever so let's enjoy the journey, find someone to bless and make our time on earth count. Until next time, xoxo!

Theresa Forever

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