What would you do if today was the last day of your life? If you are still struggling with your everyday troubles in this world, I congratulate you because we are all survivors on a spiritual journey.
One evening, I was driving to my hotel after an exceedingly long day of business meetings. It was a gorgeous moonlit night with a clear sky. This was such a rare moment that my mind was soothed by an ethereal calm.
My wife called saying she wanted to make sure I was still alive because “doomsday” had just passed, and she jokingly said that everyone should celebrate their survival.
Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, often asked this question in his speeches:
“If today was the last day of your life, what would you do?”
What he meant to point out was that everyone would do the most important things in their lives and would not waste any time that day.
Sometimes, I cannot help thinking about various things that people might do. Maybe some people would indulge in food and physical pleasures; maybe some would spend all their money; others might be extremely upset and indignant. However, I know there would be many who would spend their last day with their families, and many people would spend it in churches, mosques, or temples.
How people choose to live the last day of their life probably reflects the attitude each individual has toward life and their different worldviews. If it were my last day, I would meditate with my family and let my life return to its origin in tranquility.
Several years ago in China, I met a friend of mine whose sister had been sentenced to two years of imprisonment because she dared to protest against the government. He said the 2-year prison term made her realize that personal happiness is only related to three words: gratitude, cherishing, and contentment. Chinese people often say: “Just enough is as good as a feast,” but I find it is difficult to be truly content without being thankful.
The way I see it, each individual life acts as a connecting link in the history of the universe. It took so many historical events for our ancestors to live throughout history for us to be able to be born into this world. In this way, everyone is a survivor; we are all survivors.
Therefore, we really should be thankful to the creator, and even to the Earth and stars. We should cherish all the moments we have and be honest to everyone, including ourselves, because we are indeed a community of survivors.
From my point of view, every day on this planet is the last day. The earthly torrents have swept through everyone’s bodies and souls. There are many people who are lost in this world, full of anxiety, anger, and fear. If you are still struggling, please accept my congratulations, because you are still a survivor on this spiritual journey.
Edited by David Clapp.