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Mayan Apocalypse Means YOLO

0002693_yolo_you_only_live_once_greenblackYou have heard the worn-out phrase, “You only live once” or YOLO for short. It is usually referred to as a “throwing caution to the wind” attitude. In some circles it has morphed into a phrase that gives people an excuse to do dumb things.

With the Mayan Apocalypse upon us (*wink*), perhaps we should ask ourselves, “What If today was our last day to live? What if our legacy was defined by what we did in our last few hours on this earth?

The recent horrific events in Newtown, Aurora, and Chenpeng, China vividly illustrate that life cannot and should not be taken for granted. We never know when we might be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

If you knew that today was your last day on this earth, how would you make the most of it? Would you follow Ann Curry’s advice and show 26 acts of kindness? Would you attempt to complete your bucket list?

Jesus gave us some advice on our last days. He said in Matthew 24:44, “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

Since we do not know when our days will end, why not “be ready” and make them count? And no, I don’t mean go buy jugs of water, generators and purification tablets. I am talking about living like Jesus. Every day.

As Andy Dufresne’s said in The Shawshank Redemption, “Get busy living or get busy dying.”

Brings a whole new perspective to YOLO, doesn’t it?

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