James Dean said, “Dream as if you'll live forever, live
if you'll die today.” I hope he dreamed as big as his
career was taking
him. The car crash than ended his life made this quote very real.
My wife and I have a saying,
“Think Susan”. It refers to a friend who
died fairly quickly
after discovering she had a cancerous brain tumor.
She was in her late 40s, not an old
woman. She died long before those who
knew and loved her wanted.
“Think Susan” means that we never
know what tomorrow will
bring, so we need to live today as if we will die tomorrow (slight
James Dean’s quote). We need to give it
our all right now since there is no guarantee as to how long we will
accomplish our dreams.
As we leave childhood and move on with our lives, our dreams seem to be
behind. Oh there may be a lot of wishful thinking but the real
wither and die. Yes, we may think about winning the lottery and
the easy life. However as a child we would have planned out every
of winning and made it almost real.
Maybe we should take on our childish exuberance and dream the dreams of
giants. Take our dreams and plans to new heights and try to
As to living as if we will die today, James Dean died in a
Porche. He appeared
to be living as if he would die that day.
What about you and me? Are we living to our fullest? Do we
best each day, as if it is our last day on earth?
Did you say, "I love you" to someone you care about? Did you
let your wife or husband, your child or friend or your parents know how
important they are to you.
What about the things in your life? Are you putting off that
until the time is right? Would taking time off from work even for
couple days add to the pleasure you get from life.
Do you dwell on your problems more than your achievements? Maybe it is
dream bigger and live life as if this was the last day we had to make
on the world.
Finally, this is expressed very nicely in
the Tim McGraw
song, "Live Like You Were Dying".
Ask Seek Knock
Make A Difference
If You Think You Can
Run Your Day
Do Your Best