Often I hear people say “live like there is no tomorrow”. I get the sentiment, but I don’t feel that this is a responsible thing to do as this is short term thinking at its best. Every time that I have followed the no tomorrow philosophy, I wake up the next day with consequences on my hands.
I do suggest living each day like it is your last but from a place of love, not urgency. There are simple things that I do each day like listening to the person in front of me, giving the people that I love too many hugs, laughing at myself and perhaps learning something new. These are actions that I can do that will not leave me wishing I had died later that day.
I’d like to propose a different perspective. This perspective when combine with the no tomorrow perspective from a place of love could change the world. At least, I think so.
Imagine that you will live for another 1000 years and you know it. Tomorrow will absolutely come another 364, 999 times. How would you invest your time? What would you get involved with? What vision do you have for that future? Will you continue leaving the future in the hands of others? Would you take your time because “hey, who fucking cares? I’m going to be here for a while and am in no rush.” Would you continue to put up with gangs, wars, government or corporate lies/greed? Would you keep working a desk job that you hate? Would you take a year or two to really gain clarity on what you are to do with your life? You might even begin to believe that you are here for a purpose and that your life is truly meaningful.
Honestly ask yourself these questions from that perspective. At the same time, live each day as if you were going to die in your sleep that night and tell the people you love them that you love them. Stand up to those who need to be checked.
I can assure of two things if you think like this…
1. You will gain vision for the future and what makes sense for all life everywhere.
2. The love that you feel will increase as you share yourself with those around you.
Hmmm, maybe there is something to this idea of giving what you seek to receive after all.