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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

How to Take the Chance Before You

B'SD

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Last night I was in on a training session for paraprofessionals helping chronically and/or terminally ill people to face their situations with dignity and compassion. 

The group leader reminded us of a wonderful song by Tim McGraw, Live Like You Were Dying. It teaches us to take the chance before us, not to let it go neglected.



 Here are the lyrics/words to the song: 

He said "I was in my early forties 
With a lot of life before me 
And a moment came that 
stopped me on a dime 
I spent most of the next days 
Looking at the x-rays 
Talkin' 'bout the options 
And talkin' 'bout sweet time" 

I asked him "When it sank in 
 That this might really be 
the real end 
How's it hit you 
When you get 
that kind of news? 
Man, what'd you do?"

He said "I went skydiving 
I went Rocky Mountain climbing 
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull 
named Fu Man Chu 
And I loved deeper 
And I spoke sweeter 
And I gave forgiveness 
I'd been denying" 

And he said "Someday I hope you 
get the chance 
To live like you were dying" 
 He said "I was finally the husband 
That most of the time I wasn't 
And I became a friend a 
friend would like to have 
And all of a sudden going fishin' 
Wasn't such an imposition 
And I went three times 
that year I lost my dad 
I finally read the Good Book, and 
I Took a good, long, hard look 
At what I'd do if 
I could do it all again

And then I went skydiving 
I went Rocky Mountain climbing 
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull 
named Blue Manchu 
And I loved deeper 
 And I spoke sweeter 
And I gave forgiveness 
I'd been denying" 
And he said "Someday I hope 
you get the chance 
To live like you were dying 
Like tomorrow was a gift 
And you've got eternity 
To think about 
What you'd do with it 
What could you do with it 

What did I do with it? 
What would I do with it? 
 Skydiving 
I went Rocky mountain climbing 
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull 
named Blue Manchu 
And I loved deeper 
And I spoke sweeter 
And I watched an eagle 
as it was flying" 
And he said "Someday I hope 
you get the chance 
To live like you were dying 
To live like you were dying 
To live like you were dying..."


 

Thought-provoking stuff, eh?

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