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Arkady Grudzinsky


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If this were the last day of your life, how would you spend it?

It just occurred to me today that finishing my most urgent project at work wouldn't be on my to do list. I would love to read some thoughts or stories.

...After reading some responses, it seems that most people would do what they always wanted to do and take care of things that they value most. But why wouldn't we do these things in the first place, regardless of how long we have left? I don't mean it as a rhetorical question - it would be interesting to read some thoughts.

Topics: Values

Closing Statement from Arkady Grudzinsky

I'd like to thank everyone who participated in this conversation. Lots of interesting thoughts and perspectives.

Perhaps, most notable conclusions:

1. At the end, we focus on what matters most for us, and for most people it's people we love - most people would spend time with family, friends, write letters, etc.

2. It should not matter whether we live the last day of our life or not. Perhaps, we should just do what we do any other day, like having a cup of nice tea, and enjoy the moment.

It's hard to summarize everything that was said here - worth reading.

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      Jan 19 2013: I know you say, "could be" which is much different than "is", but do you ever wake-up and think, "I thought yesterday was the last day of my life."? Also, do you have goals and dreams which are unrealized, a bucket list? Do you retire each night thinking, "Bummer. I didn't get it done."? Do you really live as if there is no future?
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          Jan 20 2013: Re: "wrote my bucket list years ago and did them all" This is something to be jealous of.

          Re: " we all should live in the moment not be too busy to notice the little things around us. "

          Often, too many little things require my attention, so that I never seem to get to my "bucket list" or see the big picture. It's an art to choose what to notice and what to ignore. I guess, this is what my question is about.
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          Jan 20 2013: You are one-in-a- few billion Ms. Blake. Not everyone can resist the urge to add to their bucket list in the unlikely event that they complete it. Living in the moment is your answer to my question about living as if there is no future? I agree that each day is to be considered a gift.

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