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GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Anyone who knows me, even in passing, probably knows that I am a humongous fan of "The Walking Dead."
I know, I know, it seems contradictory to my core, the fact that I would enjoy all that gore and carnage and general bloodletting.
I've defended myself a thousand times on this point but it's really the compelling storytelling and superb acting that draws me in. Well, that and I'm over the moon for both Andrew Lincoln and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. #hottiesofTWD
Either way, during the arguably most harrowing episode of 2016, one of the bad guys, Simon, taunts our main protagonist Rick Grimes (Lincoln) into a heated verbal exchange by alluding that he's going to kill Rick and Rick's loved ones. Our hero doesn't take the threat lying down. Here's an excerpt of the debate:
Rick Grimes: You wanna make today your last day on Earth?
Simon: No. But that is a good thing to bring up. Think about it. What if it's the last day on Earth for you? Or someone you love? What if that's true? Maybe you should be extra nice to those people in that RV. 'Cause you never know... [snaps fingers] Just like that. Be kind to each other. Like you said. Like it was your last day on Earth.
Rick Grimes: You do the same.
And while the undercurrent of the whole discussion is a mutual threat of violence, the takeaway is actually worth pondering outside the confines of the fictional zombie apocalypse realm. What if today was my last day on earth? I mean, what if the last thing I just said to my Mom was actually that? The thought of it made me stop and look into the mirror both literally and figuratively.
-How would it impact my boy? My parents? My husband? My siblings and nieces and nephews? What would my poor BFF do?
-Would I be more proud than ashamed of what I've done in my 49 years?
-Would I celebrate the things I've said or bemoan them?
-Would I wish I'd have spent more time at work?
-Would I be happy with what I've achieved or sad for what I have not?
-Would I feel contented by how I'd spent the majority of my time here on the third rock from the sun or lament it?
-Would I be mad at myself for never eating that cupcake or ordering that gnocchi or having that cup of Irish coffee?
-Would people miss me tomorrow or be glad I'm outta here? Or, probably worst of all, not even notice?
-What would my legacy be?
-Would anyone be able to color this gray out of my hair after the fact?
That's when it hit me that today's a new chance to do a little something good...a little something right...a little something selfless...a little something to spread a little happiness.
So, even though Simon is a really bad guy and all, his advice to "be kind to each other...like it was your last day on Earth"; is probably solid. You know, just in case. Oh..And maybe call the hairdresser real quick, Capisce?
Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 R. (John 6:68c) Lord, you have the words of everlasting life. The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul; The decree of the LORD is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The command of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eye. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; The ordinances of the LORD are true, all of them just. They are more precious than gold, than a heap of purest gold; Sweeter also than syrup or honey from the comb. Alleluia See Lk 8:15 Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance.