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Forty Days by Hawkeye Pete Egan B.
 

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  • Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes
    Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Moments so dear
    Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes
    How Do You Measure - Measure A Year?
    In Daylights - In Sunsets - In Midnights - In Cups Of Coffee
    In Inches - In Miles -In Laughter - In Strife

    In - Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes
    How Do You Measure A Year In The Life?

    How About Love?
    How About Love?

    Seasons of Love.

    Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes
    Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Journeys To Plan
    Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes
    How Do You Measure The Life Of A Woman Or A Man?

    In Truth That She Learned, or In Times That He Cried
    In Bridges He Burned, or in The Way That She Died?

    It's Time Now - To Sing Out - Though The Story Never Ends
    Let's Celebrate, and Remember A Year In The Life Of Friends

    Remember the Love

    Measure In Love

    Oh you got to you got to remember the love, you know that love is a gift from up above
    Share love, give love, spread love, measure, measure your life in love.
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    Three hundred twenty five days ago, I committed to living the next year as if it were my last. I’ve looked at everything in my life, tried to leave no stone unturned, no thought or memory unexamined, no challenge not taken. For most of this time, what I have tried the most to do is to live right here, right now, in the moment. This has been my primary goal. Make this moment count.

    Overall, I am happy with how I have done with this. I have certainly reordered my priorities in life during this time. Much as I probably wouldn’t have admitted it at the time, my job was a little too high on my priorities a year ago. I was still sacrificing too much of myself for it. This has changed. Now, while I am still committed to excellence there, to doing the best job I can do, I don’t do it at the expense of other things that are important to me. I don’t care what kind of a rating I get from my bosses. I do what I know to be the right thing, I make the most with what is placed in front of me, and when I leave at the end of the day, I leave it there. I’ve gotten o.k. with this approach.
  • I have developed a keen appreciation of just how precious life is. Fifteen days into this experiment, I sat by my mother’s side and held her hand, as she took her final breath in this life. I felt her spirit take flight, and like to think I helped her make a smooth transition from this stop on her journey to her next destination. I am not one who believes that this is it. My experience has told me differently. I happen to know, without question, that life goes on. This is just one stop on the journey.

    I apparently had a lot more to learn from the Grim Reaper, as I was visited several times over with tragic losses of friends at work during the next couple months after Mom’s passing, and then a 4 year old grand niece found herself in a fight for her life, and I got involved with that.

    Early on in this process, I had an experience where I got in the middle of someone else’s fight, and I did what I had done many times over in my life – I tried to fight their battle for them, with devestating consequences. Suffice it to say, I learned that lesson, once and for all. Fight my own fights, but don’t take on someone else’s. This was a painful, though powerful, lesson to learn, and I learned it well. That’s one I hope to never have to go through, again.

    So, now I am down to my final 40 days. What will I do with them? I think I will do the same thing with them that I did with the first 325 days of this year. Live each day for all it’s worth, give myself the time in the morning to get in touch with myself, with who I am, step into the moment, and stay in the moment througout the day. When opportunity presents itself to me as I go along, just say “Yes!” Don’t even think about it too long or hard – just say “Yes!” This has led me to some very interesting places, and experiences, in the past year.
  • For the next 40 days – for today – I will continue to say yes to life.

    And, oh yeah – to say yes to love. The other thing that I have learned during this time is, we are all connected. All we have to do to keep these connections alive and vital is to love one another. It really is that simple.

    So, I am really looking forward to today, and to the next 40 days. In fact, I am already planning for the after-life...I think I’ll go to Alaska after I pass over. Maybe on a Disney Cruise. Yes! I will do that! But first, I need to get into this day.
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