It’s May 3rd, barely sunrise. It’s foggy and gray, a forshadow of LA’s infamous June gloom. You’re on PCH approaching Point Dume and Topanga Canyon state park. Suddely your phone vibrates a text ping on your lap. You quickly glance down to see who’s texting you.
In a nanosecond your world changes. Your eyes dart back up at the windshield and are blinded by the headlights of a box truck hauling refrigerated food to a nearby grocery store. Time freezes. You stare at the twisted metal surrounding your neck, shards of glass suspended in midair like shiny snowflakes in the dark.
In that next instant — floating in death’s doorway — you behold an eternity of memories in vibrant colors…family members, friends, nieghbors, homes you’ve lived in, neighborhoods you played in, schools you attended, customers you served, employers you worked for, many friends, a few enemies.
And then comes the judgement. Not from God. From your inner being, whispering these deafening words…
“This was your life. You can’t have it back. Each thought, action, event…they’re all etched in stone, cemented in eternity and the memories of all who knew you, loved you, avoided you.
“Is this how you wanted to be remembered? Are you proud of what you became, the choices you made, the character you demonstrated by actions you thought no one would see?”
Thankfully, this scenario isn’t real.
But it could be. If nothing else it begs the question…
“What do you want to do with your life that’s honorable? How do you want to be remembered?”
Today you’re staring at a mostly blank 2021 calendar you’ll soon fill up with stuff to do, people to meet, places to go, things to buy, etc.
If it could talk, what will it say at the end of the year, about your priorities and your determination to meet whatever goals you’re still formulating in your head right now. (Also, your checkbook — what will that reveal about your 2021 priorities?)
One of my literary heroes, Mark Twain, penned one of the most profound quotes I’ve ever read.
“The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
Why were you born? Why do act the way you do? Why do you sometimes miss the mark?
These are questions I’ll explore in my next post, Part 2 of “The Two Most Important Days Of Your Life.”
I hope you’ll join me for that. I plan to finish it in the next few days.
Written by Phil Herzog for TrailMasters, a new social network for men of adventure