Issue 13 – December 17, 2012

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Issue 13 – December 17, 2012

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Don’t Wait Until The End Of The World

According to some, the world is supposed to end this Friday, December 21, 2012. This is the last recorded date on the Mayan calendar.

I’ve been reading in the newspaper what people are saying they plan on doing before the apocalypse. Many are going through their bucket list of things they have determined important before they die. Others prefer the stoic philosophy of “eat, drink and be merry”.

After some serious thought about what I would do if I knew that my time here on earth were to cease at a designated time, i.e., on December the 21st 2012, the question became more important than the answer.

What difference does it make if the world ends this week or if (when) I die in twenty-five years? What is it that I would I like to get done between now and then? In my case, it wasn’t going on a trip to Paris and it wasn’t eating at a five star restaurant with great wine and a Cuban cigar.

What came to my mind was that I would really like the people that I care about in my life – who are many – to know how much they have meant and continue to mean to me.

Obviously, my family, my brothers and sisters and their husbands and wives, their children and grandchildren, my wife and her family, our children and their respective others and our grandchildren. But the list goes on … the old friends that I grew up with, the college friends that I seldom see, the teachers and coaches that influenced my early years, the members of my church who prayed for me during the good and bad times, all the friends that came to family weddings and funerals, the many people who do so many good things in my community, the friends of friends who know friends … I am not able to name them all but there are many, many more.

The point is this … why wait until the end of time. If you have things you want to do … then just do them!!

Merry Christmas to all from Historic Tarboro.


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