Centennial Year

I ran across this quote while working on another blog post:

“I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.
I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.
I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children.
I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden.
I want to be there with children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.
I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.”
― Marjorie Pay Hinckley

It is so easy to get caught up in busy and forget to really live. How much of what we do is living and how much is distraction? If it were all to end today, would you be grateful or regretful? Have you really lived? What would do today if you knew it was your last day?

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3 thoughts on “Are You Really Living?

  • November 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm
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    I love Jaleta’s comments! I would want to make sure I told my family and friends that I love them and they made life worth living!

  • November 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm
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    When I was diagnosed with cancer, it was a scary time in my life. I had seven children at the time, the youngest was barely four months old. But I realized that I was letting fear dictate what I did and didn’t do. I decided to stand up and spit in death’s eye and do what I wanted. Even if it was scary.

    Fortunately, the cancer was an easily cured type. But I won’t ever forget the lessons I learned. Don’t let fear stop you from doing something you truly want to do. If I died today, I would have regrets – mostly that I hadn’t finished everything on my I-want-to-do-that list yet. But no more regrets that I hadn’t lived yet.

    Life is too short as it is. Live each day to the fullest. And make sure the things that really matter are the things you care about – family and friends and loving people.
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    • November 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm
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      Jaleta, your comment gave me tears. Thank you for sharing your story. You are an inspiration. 🙂

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