May 26, 2014

What is on your list?

Many folks, including myself, have what is called a "bucket list" - a list of things to see or do before we kick the bucket. This post is not about that list. You see, many of us also have a list of things we need to do or say before we feel like we are ready to kick the bucket. It is not the same list.

If you were on your deathbed, knowing your time was nearly at an end, what are the things you would be saying that you wished you had taken care of?

Do you have a brother or a sister that you haven't spoken to in years, but upon your own death's door would relish the chance to make amends - or at least try?

Do you have a long-lost friend you wish you had talked to just one more time?

Do you have things you feel you must get done - call them "obligations" if you like - before your time on Earth is through?

It may be religious in nature, it may not be. That is not for me to know or judge or to call out. Instead, I would like for you to take a moment and truly believe that you will be dead by midnight. Make a list of things that you wish you could take care of.

And then take care of them. Before midnight. And, if that is not possible, then start the process of taking care of those things.

Oh, I know. You are sitting there thinking, "I have time" or "that's ridiculous" or "I don't have time" or one of a myriad of excuses not to do it. Do it anyway. Make the list. Share it with your closest friend or a relative. Let that person help you cross off each and every item from that list before it really is too late to cross them off.

If you were going to die, what would you want done before you left?

*This post partially inspired by a sermon I heard on May 25, 2014. The sermon, of course, was focused on forgiveness, telling that one person about Christ, and being prepared for what comes after death. You will notice, I took great pains to avoid such discussion because when all is said and done, one's religious beliefs have little to do with taking care of the things that weigh one down when the Reaper comes knocking at death's door.

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