The end is (not so) near (as some people think)

December 21, 2012 

If the world ended today, we wasted our time writing this.

And if it didn't, maybe we can finally get the REM song It's the End of the World As We Know It out of our heads.

Of course we didn't buy into the hype that -- yet again -- the predicted end of time was upon us. But all the chatter about the pending apocalypse (based on the end of a Mayan calendar) got us thinking: What would we do if we knew the end was near?

It's a good moral dilemma to contemplate, especially during the holiday season.

We're not going to get all preachy on you, but we do ask that you take a few minutes and think about the question.

Are you living a life you're proud of? Do the people you love truly know how you feel about them? Have you been giving priority to items of importance?

If you had just one more day, would you be selfless or selfish with your time?

Would you try to knock off as many items on your bucket list as you could? Would you surround yourself with loved ones? Or go help those less fortunate?

We often get in a rut of routine in our daily lives and don't do things we have the good intentions to get to someday.

Do you Live Like You Were Dying as the Tim McGraw tune goes?

Will you leave this life with regrets?

If so, most of us have many more days on this earth and it's never too late to change the course of your life.

Unfortunately, some folks suffering from life-ending diseases have to contemplate these questions with certainty of their demise.

Those of us more fortunate should count our blessings and honor those who wish they had more time by doing better with the time we've got.

A wise person once told us the only things she ever regretted in life were the things she hadn't done. It's a useful piece of advice to apply when big decisions come our way.

The Golden Rule is another useful guideline.

Some solid soul-searching is good for the body and mind from time to time.

And just like the holiday season with its mix of altruism and indulgence, there's a more indulgent side to the "live like you were dying" perspective that comes in the form of fantasy last meals and travel and outlandish feats.

Balance is healthy, so mix in some selfish thoughts when you're contemplating the end of the world.

After all, we're still here and there's still much to do.

And though there likely will be another doomsday heralded by the paranoid among us in the near future, we're pretty sure that one will pass too. But that's no excuse not to live life to its fullest while we can.

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