If Today Was Your Last Day

Nickelback-If-Today-Was-Your-Last-DayMy best friend gave me the best advice
He said each day’s a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by
That first step you take is the longest stride

If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last
Leave old pictures in the past?
Donate every dime you had, if today was your last day?
(What if, what if, if today was your last day?)

Against the grain should be a way of life
What’s worth the price is always worth the fight
Every second counts ’cause there’s no second try
So live like you’re never living twice
Don’t take the free ride in your own life

[Chorus]

If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past?
Donate every dime you had?

And would you call those friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories?
Would you forgive your enemies?
And would you find that one you’re dreaming of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you’d finally fall in love if today was your last day?

If today was your last day
Would you make your mark by mending a broken heart?
You know it’s never too late to shoot for the stars
Regardless of who you are

So do whatever it takes
‘Cause you can’t rewind a moment in this life
Let nothing stand in your way
‘Cause the hands of time are never on your side

[Chorus]

If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past?
Donate every dime you had?

And would you call those friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories?
Would you forgive your enemies?
And would you find that one you’re dreaming of
Swear up and down to God above
That you’d finally fall in love if today was your last day?

Publishers: Lyrics © Warner, Chappell Music, Inc.
Songwriter: CHAD KROEGER

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Being Fearless

shipFight or Flight
Submitted by lolkin from her blog, The Nomad of the Universe, May 15, 2013.

It’s easy to put us into this mode, isn’t it? Unknown noise, unexpected movement, fleeting moments when peripheral vision imagines it saw something…

I have recently realised that most of my life I have been in a fleeing mode. I could blame my Soviet past (I was in the system for 12 years of my life after all) when risk taking was not part of life and the prevailing mentality was to mind your own business and survive. I could probably find a myriad of other excuses…

I have a history with fear – I was mugged (heading to celebrate the International Women’s Day), ended up in A&E and neurosurgery. To this day, one thing I regret is that I ran from the attacker. I still fantasize about turning back and fighting or at least facing him, instead of running away.

I suffered from nightmares when I was younger. I realised later that nightmares were a sign of internal conflict and that they could easily be dealt with (this was after I learned about NLP and namely Russian school of happiness – they call themselves wizards – Simoron). 

I found out about amygdala reading Seth Godin and brain literature (human brain fascinates me). It was one of those ‘aha’ moments. Suddenly the source of many of my fears was clear. It was biological and it could be re-programmed.

I realised I wanted to be brave. Deal with my fears. Grow a pair. 

A near death experience and child labour (same thing, if you ask me) provided further perspective. And suddenly it became easier to be fearless. One of a few things I loved about the experience. 

I am not giving into my fears as easily these days. Whenever flight or fight alarm goes off and my adrenaline spikes, I bring it under control and choose fight mode – not consistently yet, but at least definitely more often.

The biggest fear I have these days is that I won’t accomplish something I really want to do. First, that I won’t start. Then, that I won’t finish. Then that it won’t be good enough. I am working on it. This is something my amygdala can worry about it in the meantime.

Procrastination

procrastination-clockYou never regret getting something done early.
Submitted by email from Robb, Pensacola, Florida, May 3, 2013

I am a freelance writer and often get work that is due in several weeks but only takes a few days to complete. I used to put off doing this work until a few days before it was due, thinking that why spend the time to do it now when I can do it just before it’s due. But what often happens is that other projects and even personal things come up unexpectedly that consume my time just before the work is due and then I’m rushed to get it all done on time. What are the chances, I say to myself, that I’ll be so busy in a few weeks? It turns out that the chances are pretty good and I end up regretting not doing the work when I had plenty of time.

I always regret putting things off until the last minute but I never regret getting things done early.