Reflections: 15 Minutes To Live…
“We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death, and afraid of each other. Our age yields no great and perfect persons.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today, I signed up to participate in a 30 day Writing Challenge called #Trust30 which is organized through Seth Godin’s The Domino Project, and inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self Reliance which they will be republishing in celebration of Ralph’s 208th birthday… The basics of the Challenge are:
#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey.
When you sign up, at RalphWaldoEmerson.me, you commit to participate by signing a pledge; it confirms your agreement to follow the pledge details which are: Read the daily prompt they post from an original thinker and doer on RalphWaldoEmerson.me. Blog, journal, or create something on each of the 30 days, and if you choose, tweet your post using the hashtag #trust30 to show your support and involvement.
When feasible, I will add my answers to each prompt on my blog. Otherwise, I will add my reflections to a private journal offline. The key is to write/respond to the daily prompts. Do join in if you’re looking for new topics to write on and/or you’d like to participate in a supplementary writing exercise. It is not in conflict with our Daily Post prompts; it just gives us more options for our daily writings.
Now to answer the question of having 15 minutes to wrap up our time on this beautiful planet earth. The first thought that came to mind after my initial reaction to the prompt was … Of course, we turn to those we love to thank them for their loving care, their patience, their concern, and ask for forgiveness for any harsh words, slights or angry outbursts. As I thought of what more to do in such fleeting moments, a line from one of my favorite poems came to mind “What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare?” It is from Leisure by W. H. Davies and I’ve added the full poem below. I think another thing I would do is to turn within; a prayerful moment of reflection for the life I have lived, offering/accepting forgiveness, and sending showers of gratitude to friends and angels, in the form of strangers, who crossed my path. What about you? What would you do? More below…
“So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the path of each man’s genius contracts itself to a very few hours.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
Life is fleeting and while we enjoy it when we have it, eventually, it all does come to an end. This is not morbidity but reality, and once we come to terms with it, we can live our lives purposefully and richly. I love the poem because it is a reminder to enjoy the daily gifts of nature, a good meal, a chat, a hug, a kind word, a dance… I will hug my loved ones; one and all, and shower them with kisses and blessings. Perhaps, if there is time, we’ll share a meal and say a prayer and … stand and stare. What about you? ;-)
What are your thoughts? What would you do with your 15 minutes to live? What would you remember? what would you forgive? Do share! Thank you. :-)
This post was inspired by a prompt from RalphWaldoEmerson.me: You just discovered you have fifteen minutes to live.1. Set a timer for fifteen minutes. 2. Write the story that has to be written.
Positive Motivation Tip: Enjoy the life you have and cherish all in it – Tempus Fujit.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson – Self Reliance Prompt #1 (miriamgomberg.wordpress.com)
- 10 Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes (holykaw.alltop.com)
- Hey, thanks. This life is awesome. #trust30 (caelanhuntress.com)
- Trust30 – Motivation for a month to get yourself writing (writingiscake.com)
- Self reliance (sashadichter.wordpress.com)
- Reflections: From Anger to Awareness… (eof737.wordpress.com)