There is an adage which says that we should “live each day as though it were our last”. Within the context of not wanting my last words or final actions to be harmful to another, then I agree with the general premise. Yet I suggust an alternative adage sufficient to achieve that desired end, and which furthermore would lead to a wholesome and happy life. In my judgment, we should “live each day as though it were our first”.
On the first day of our lives, we were all SOCIALLY NEUTRAL. No infant ever cared one way or the other as to the color of the hands that rocked the crib, just so long as the crib got rocked. No infant ever concerned herself as to the race of the person who changed her diaper, just so long as the diaper got changed. No infant ever concerned himself as to political inclinations of the person who gave him his bottle, just so long as he was fed from the bottle. Trivialities such as race, religion, political and social views are matters which never concernced even a single person…. on the first day of our lives.
On the first day of our lives, we were all in a mental state of NON-ATTACHMENT. No infant ever cared one way or the other as to financial status, physical stature, or any other senseless triviality. No infant ever lay in the crib in a state of preoccupation as to her cosmetic appearance, or as to what the infant lieing next to her thought about how her hair looked that day. No infant ever lay in the crib preoccupied with whether he was strong enough to beat up the infant lieing next to him. Silly preoccupations such as financial status, social standing, nor any other such senseless trivialities ever burdened the mind of even a single person… on the first day of our lives.
Choose for yourself the adage by which you choose to live. As for me, I choose to live each day as though it were the first day of my life.