(warning: This post goes absolutely nowhere. If you are looking for wisdom or wit, do not read this.)
So I am reading that book by Randy Pausch entitled, "The Last Lecture." Now while he has thus far never stated the phrase, "live today like it's your last day," it is a common phrase and one I have been thinking of as I read the book.
To inspire and/or motivate people, many a times we are told that phrase. Or, for us mormons, we might hear something akin to this: "Live your life like tomorrow is the Second Coming."
I can't do that. Seriously. It doesn't make sense to live my life like I was living my last day here on earth. Sure maybe when I do hear those phrases I do think, "Gosh, I should read my scriptures today, be more patient, sing hymns in the car, etc. . . " (just in case, you know), but in reality it's not too practical. (I, too, don't know where I am going with this. Perhaps I should just go to bed. I am tired.)
For instance, today I sat Jonas on the toilet for like 1 1/2 hours (not all at once mind you) for him to poop - he finally did. Now, if today were my last day on earth, I would not have chosen that as one of the last things I'd do here on earth. Nor would I have had sensible meals all day long. Nor would I have had Ben go to work - he would have called in "sick" (come on, don't we all truly get sick of work every now and then?) But I can't live my life like that because kids need to be potty-trained, we need to take care of our bodies, people need to go to work, etc.
But. . . I just realized that perhaps behaviorly I should live every day is if it were my last. So instead of doing things (or not doing things) I would (or wouldn't) do if it were my last, I should at least makes changes in my attitude and behaviors so that if it was indeed my last day I would be pleased with how I acted in certain situations, how I reacted, my tone of voice, my outward affections to those around me, my prioritizations for the day, etc.
Ha, so maybe it is a good phrase after all. Better yet, maybe it should be something like, "Think Today Like It's Your Last Day To Think." Unless, of course, you are 100% sure that it is your last day here on earth - then, by all means, live today like it's your last day. (Hey, I warned you in the beginning.)