Almost three years ago, you may recall I talked about the End of the World based on the apocalyptic movie called 2012.
The movie, which many have seen since, played off the hype of people runnin’ around saying that the world was going to end a little over three years from then.
The film’s premise was centered around the Mayan calendar, some ancient ‘end times’ prophecies, New Age ideology and other astrological occurrences that point to December 21, 2012 as being the ‘end of our world as we know it.’
Well, the bad news is pretty obvious. That date is only two weeks away. But here’s what may be the good news: you can save a whole lotta money on Christmas presents since, apparently, we won’t be needing ‘em.
And just to let you know, I have faith we’ll all still be around for Christmas, broke and happy as always. That said, I want to talk about this to stress the point that, no matter what day we ultimately make our exit from here, it’s what we do for the time we’re here that truly counts.
Putting a time limit on how much life we might have left changes things. Everything becomes more precious when we look at life from this perspective, forcing us to immediately determine what and who is really important, and how we want to spend the rest of our lives.
So if we really believed the world could end in two weeks, imagine not only what we’d do before then, but imagine how incredible and beautiful the world would be if we woke up on December 22nd and we were all still here.
Everyone would be overjoyed just to be alive. The holiday wouldn’t be about commercialism, presents or how many gifts we gave or received. It would be a holiday that would once again be celebrated for its original meaning, which was the gift of life.
We’d all see each other differently as the Christmas spirit would take on true meaning. Rich and poor, young and old, black and white, even Democrat and Republican would be in the same boat, happy to be alive. (okay, maybe the Republicans would need a yacht but you get the point!)
So just in case there’s a chance the world is going to end on the 21st, here’s what I’m going to recommend. Prioritize what and who makes you happy and enjoy it, and them, for your remaining two weeks.
And then, when you wake up on December 22, 2012, start all over and do it again.
I’ll end with this, I’ll give to you the same timely quote from Mark Twain that I used back in 2009, It goes like this:
“Dance like nobody’s watching; Love like you’ve never been hurt; Sing like nobody’s listening; and Live like it’s heaven on earth.”