If you knew it would be the last time you’d cradle your child as they fell asleep in your arms… how much longer would you hold them?
If you knew, that it would be the last time you’d see that dear older man’s smile… would you stay in his company just a bit longer?
If you knew that you’d never again be that size 3 after you have kids… would you enjoy your waist a little more and relax a lot more often?
What if you knew?
What if you knew that you’d never again get to cuddle with your sweet cat, because they would get hit by a car?
What if you knew that your finances would change and this would be the last time you and your husband would get to enjoy a fine steak dinner?
What if you knew?
Moments are brief. So many only come once.
Some people in your life will only ever get to hug you one time. Some moments of laughter will only be shared once. Same as moments of grief.
Other moments come occasionally, but special moments change them forever. That ONE Christmas, that ONE hospital visit, that ONE ‘goodbye.’
Moments lost forever.
How would we change how we live if we knew a moment would never come again? If we knew we’d never have another chance to hug, kiss, or touch someone dear? Would we speak kinder if we knew our words only had one chance to stay forever with another soul?
Would we be less rushed, if we knew it would be the last night our kids would ever confide their hearts’ to us? Or let us tuck them in? Or even hold their hand?
Life goes by so quickly. So fast.
We have choices. Every day. Every minute. To truly live and love and soak in those around us as much as we possibly can without wasting the time that ticks by; escaping our notice, so often.
We will often be caught unaware and by surprise at the “last moments” with someone in life. We will often miss those treasured minutes that we took for granted – like rocking our baby, combing our child’s hair, and more.
We can’t go back, but we can carry them with us while trying to remember that each day is a gift. Each moment with someone – a precious present.
If we knew this moment would never come again, would we make a different choice? Say a different word? Be a different person?