One of my favorite birthday greetings to offer someone is, “Happy Birthday!  Celebrate like it’s your last; live each day like you want 100 more!”  While I’ve had a few people express dismay at the very thought of having their last birthday (completely understandable reaction), the also express delight at the idea of “celebrating large” and then living another 100 years.  This message is somewhat along the same vein: Dream as if you’ll live forever; live as if you’ll die tomorrow.”


The ugliest honest truth is that we don’t know when our time will be up.  No one knows the time of their passing or how long we’re given in this plain of existence.  We PLAN on living a nice long life and each of us has a different idea of what that will be.  I know people who believe that they’ll probably live seventy-something years.  I know people who believe they’ll see ninety or more.  I used to think I’d never live past fifty but for the past two decades I’ve been aiming as 120 as my goal.  Unrealistic?  Maybe – but only if you believe it to be!

But for however long YOU believe YOU have left, what are your plans?  I’m not talking about your plans for dinner, or how you’ll get to work tomorrow if your car pool falls apart.  I’m talking about LIFE plans.  When I was a child I wanted to grow up to be a police officer.  In my adolescent years I not only wanted to be a police officer but I also wanted to be an instructor.  Since I was in junior high school (before so many places switched to middle schools) I wanted to be a writer – and indeed I spent a fair amount of time writing short stories and creating characters.  Those were LIFE dreams for me.  They were goals I hoped to attain and that I worked toward.

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