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What Would You Do Different? [On the Last Night of the World]

If this were the last night of the world
What would I do?
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you?

          ~ from Bruce Cockburn’s song “Last Night of the Universe”

7 Day ForecastAfter a momentary chuckle from the photo my sister sent me of the “7-Day Forecast” (see photo at left), the lyrics of Bruce Cockburn came to mind.

Certain songs just have a way of sticking in our minds and playing over and over, and that’s what happened with Bruce Cockburn’s Last Night of the World song. I couldn’t shake the song from in my head. Surely this has happened to you on occasion. The only cure is listening to Def Leppard or Motley Crue…loudly on headphones. I don’t own song tracks from either band, nor am I willing to pay $1.29 on iTunes for one of their songs, so I’m writing this blog instead.

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’re aware that this Friday, December 21, is the day the Mayan calendar presumes the end of the world.

How are you spending the last night of the world? Are you busy preparing as you did on New Year’s Eve 1999? My buddy Mig Pascual from Zappos Insights will be in Chitchen Itza. He’s taking this special occasion to learn more about Mayans by immersing himself in their amazing culture. I wish I was doing something that exotic. I’ll be at my girlfriend Melissa’s holiday party, but hey Melissa’s parties are always a ton of fun.

It’s not where you are. It’s what you will do. 

As Friday December 21st approaches, take a moment to assess your life and your happiness. Ask yourself “What would I do that is different?”

If you’re like me, you like to live a life without regrets. You seize the day—Carpe Diem!  But being completely honest with myself I would say I do have a regret, and that is not seizing the day, every day.

I would definitely do a few things different. Although I have not fully answered the question “what would I do” yet, I do know that I would “do a few things different.”

Life is short.

It didn’t matter that life was short when I was younger. I thought James Dean’s mantra was dangerous and cool. “Live hard, die young and leave a good looking corpse.”

We probably all think like that when we are young and things change as we get older. Life IS short and it becomes more precious. My mother was fond of saying that, but I didn’t understand what she meant.

But now I do.

Maybe it’s the result of the upcoming day on the Mayan calendar, or the lyrics of a Bruce Cockburn song, or the tragic event in Connecticut this week. Several things have me thinking about what I might do different.

When was the last time you thought about what you might do that is different? Do you know what you would do? If so, do that today. Or tomorrow, or next week, but don’t wait until another special calendar day rolls around. Carpe diem, do it today.

 Last Night Of The World by Bruce Cockburn
Toronto - released 1999

I'm sipping Flor De Caña* and lime juice, it's three a.m.
Blow a fruit fly off the rim of my glass
The radio's playing Superchunk and the friends of Dean Martinez

Midnight it was bike tires whacking the pot holes
Milling humans' shivering energy glow
Fusing the space between them with bar-throb bass and laughter

If this were the last night of the world
What would I do?
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you?

I learned as a child not to trust in my body
I've carried that burden through my life
But there's a day when we all have to be pried loose

If this were the last night of the world
What would I do?
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you?

I've seen the flame of hope among the hopeless
And that was truly the biggest heartbreak of all
That was the straw that broke me open

If this were the last night of the world
What would I do?
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you?

 

P.S. And in case you were wondering what the lyrics meant to Bruce Cockburn, check out what he had to say.

 

 

 

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