This may be the last time 1

What would you do if you knew this was the last time that everything would be what it was.?  Would you choose your clothes differently?  Would you change your location?  Would you weigh your words carefully?  Would you savor each moment and imprint it in your memory because one day this memory would be all that you had?

What if the last time you visited your family was the final time in fact you would ever see them again?  Would you have done different things knowing it was the last visit?  Would you have paid attention more closely to what each one said?  Would you have said the things you felt be they love notes or explanations why…?

Had you known that the birthday party a few years back was the last time your two children would talk to each other, might you have done something differently?  Could you have changed what happened after?

When those words flew out of your mouth, had you known they would have caused a fissure that turned into a wound that would not heal (although it has been scabbed over only to be hurt another time)– would you have chosen your words differently?  Might you have chosen silence instead?

Because today is the only day we have, this moment is the only moment that is real and look it’s already gone.  How can you make something so fleeting stay?

Pay attention because you just never know when you’re speaking the last words, making the last love, or leaving never to return.

About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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  • miruspeg

    Candelaria I am pretty sure I would change nothing if this was the last time that everything would be what it was.
    I have learned to be very aware of my actions and words.
    This post is an excellent reminder though and thank you for clearly stating what should be the bleedin obvious!
    Peggy xxxxxx