Is it the end? If so, how would you spend it?

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There has been a lot of debate about 12/21/12 and if it’s really the end of the world. If you’re reading this note, then it’s probably not the end yet (I don’t know for sure, but it’s just a hunch…).

But regardless, this idea of the world ending really got me thinking.

If this is the end of the world, would I change anything in my life? Would I try to do things differently? Would I live somewhere else?

I was exchanging emails with my friend Michael, who started a beautiful orphanage in Nepal called Nepal Orphans Home (NOH) earlier this week. As many of you know, I travelled to Nepal in 2010 and had the good fortune to spend time with the kids at NOH. It was a trip that changed my life and set me on this course towards JOY.

Anyways, in the email, Michael mentioned he met a woman who gave up her high paying job to live on a farm and make cheese. He later found out from a friend that the woman only had 18 months to live because her cancer was incurable.

If I had only 18 months, I’m not sure what I would be doing.

You know, I’ve always had bucket lists, like going to space and hitting all 7 continents (I only have 2 more to go). But these are all “some day” things. “Someday I’ll make it to Australia and Antarctica,” I tell myself.

But if I didn’t have much time left, what would be most important to me? What would I do? Would it be to hit up the places on my “someday” bucket list (and if you know how I can go to space, let me know for sure) or would I spend time with my family or live more simply and just appreciate what I have?

Fortunately, or unfortunately, I don’t know the answer to this question. However, what I do know is that I must appreciate everything around me – the people, the trees, the smells of winter, etc. Because each moment is precious.

Whatever I end up choosing, I know I will appreciate the beauty of doing the task or the company that surrounds me.

You see, it doesn’t really matter what you are doing. It’s really about how you view what you are doing. In every situation, you can choose to see the beauty or the darkness. It’s all what you make of the situation.

If it is the end today, I want to live the day to the fullest extent and enjoy and savor each moment I am blessed to have.
This week…Live each day like it’s your last!

Appreciate each moment for what it is.

Maybe even do something you’ve always wanted to do.

Say an extra “I love you” to someone special.

Call up a friend who you’ve been meaning to talk to.

Savor each sip of coffee this morning.

Basically soak up every precious moment you can! Life is a gift and are lucky to be able to live it exactly how we want.

And, let us know how you are living each day like your last by commenting below!
Articles of the week:

Being present for the presents – Let our new JOY Coach Brandy show you how to be present.

One boy’s journey – Be inspired by Hikmat’s journey from being kidnapped as a child to going to college as written by Michael Hess
I am truly grateful for you reading this note today and look forward to hearing how you are living each day like your last!

with peace, love, and joy!

About the JOY Coach

Minling Chuang

Minling is the founder of {the JOY depot} and is on a mission to help new entrepreneurs start their dream business. She spent many years working on branding strategies for top brands like Lean Cuisine & Nestle Toll House and launching multimillion dollar products. Now Minling's passion is to help people create profitable businesses they love! She is also a Kundalini Yoga teacher in Venice, CA. Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter. And if you want to start your own business, book a clarity session with Minling.

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