Last Day

By: Will Wavvy

This is the 5th affirmation based off the book, The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino. As in the rest of the affirmations in this series, read this out loud, at least 3 times a day (when you first get up, at some point in the middle of your day, and before you go to bed), for 30 days. If this is your first time reading one of these affirmations, you can read a list of all the affirmations, by clicking here.

I will live this day as if it’s my last.

And what shall I do with this last precious day, which remains in my keeping?  First, I will seal up its container of life so that not one drop spills itself upon the sand.  I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, defeats and aches of the heart, for why should I throw well after bad?

Can sand flow upward in the hourglass?  Will the sun rise where it sets, and set where it rises?  Can I relive the errors of yesterday and right them?  Can I call back yesterday’s wounds and make them whole?  Can I become younger than yesterday?  Can I take back the evil that was spoken, the blows that were struck, and the pain that was caused?  No.  Yesterday is buried forever and I will think of it no more.

I will live this day as if it’s my last.

And what then shall I do?  Forgetting yesterday neither will I think of tomorrow.  Why should I throw now after maybe?  Can tomorrow’s sand flow through the glass before today’s?  Will the sun rise twice this morning?  Should I concern myself over an event I may never witness?  Should I torment myself with problems that may never come to pass?  No!  Tomorrow lies buried with yesterday, and I will think of it no more.

I will live this day as if it’s my last.

This day is all I have and these hours are now my eternity.  I greet this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death.  I lift mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day.  So too, I will beat upon my heart with gratitude as I consider all who greeted yesterday’s sunrise, and are no longer living today.  I am indeed a fortunate man and today’s hours are but a bonus, undeserved.  Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others far better than I have departed?  Is it that they have accomplished their purpose while mine I yet to be achieved?  Is this an opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be?  Is there a purpose in nature?  Is this my day to excel?

I will live this day as if it’s my last.

24 hours to liveI have but one life and life is naught but a measurement of time.  When I waste one I destroy the other.  If I waste today I destroy the last page of my life.  Therefore, each hour of this day I will cherish for it can never return.  It cannot be banked today to be withdrawn on tomorrow, for who can trap the wind?  Each minute of this day I will grasp with both hands and fondle with love for its value is beyond price.  What dying man can purchase another breath though he willingly gave all his possessions?  What price dare I place on the hours ahead?  I will make them priceless.

I will live this day as if it’s my last.

I will avoid with fury the killers of time.  Procrastination I will destroy with action; doubt I will bury under faith; fear I will dismember with confidence.  Where there are idle mouths I will listen not; where there are idle hands I will linger not; where there are idle bodies I will visit not.  Henceforth, I know that to court idleness is to steal food, clothing, and warmth from those I love.  I am not a thief.  I am a man of love and today is my last chance to prove my love and my greatness.

I will live this day, as it’s my last.

The duties of today I shall fulfill today.  Today I shall fondle my children while they are young; tomorrow they will be gone, and so will I.  Today I shall embrace my woman with sweet kisses; tomorrow she will be gone, and so will I.  Today I shall lift up a friend in need; tomorrow he will no longer cry for help, nor will I hear his cries.  Today I shall give myself in sacrifice and work; tomorrow I will have nothing to give, and there will be none to receive.

I will live this day as if it’s my last.

And if it’s my last, it will be my greatest monument.  This day I will make the best day of my life.  This day I will drink every minute to it’s full.  I will savor its taste and give thanks.  I will labor harder than ever before and push my muscles until they cry for relief, and then I will continue.  Each minute of today will be more fruitful than hours of yesterday.  My last must be my best.

I will live this day as if it’s my last.

And if it is not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks.

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Will Wavvy has written 349 post in this blog.

My life is dedicated to educating and empowering others to make healthy relationship choices. I write about, and answer questions about relationships in my never-ending quest to help people stay in love long after they've fallen in love.

  • Basee Saka

    I know what the author is saying… but I just can't help thinking that living each day like it's your last means all the best is behind you. I like to think there is stills omething to come. So I like to live each day as if it's the first… with all it's glories, promises and adventure ahead of me. Forget yesterdays hurt and pain… today has it's own secrets!