Guest blog by Wendi Warren
Maybe because I’m growing older or because I’m hearing about people my age who have died suddenly, the thought of cherishing each day has become something that I have been thinking about lately, a lot.
After hearing of the sudden stroke of Aldo Colombini, a magician friend of Bobby’s, and then his death four short days later, it struck me again about how we never really know how much time we have. I talked with Bobby about what we would do differently if we knew when our last day on earth would be. He said, “That’s your next song: ‘If We Knew.’”
I am by no means a lyricist. I have written lyrics before and asked my sister, Randi, to put them to music. One in particular was for my dad a couple of Christmases ago called “Sharp Stick in the Eye” (the video appears at the bottom of this post). But I’m sure I’ll never win a grammy.
However, I do enjoy writing and haven’t done that much of it lately, so I thought I’d give it a shot. What came out was not lyrics to a song, but more of poem. I tried to capture that what we think is so important may not really be the case, if we knew — really knew — that today was the last day that we had. The poem appears below.
If We Knew
If we knew there’d be no tomorrow,
If today was all we had,
Would we allow bitterness and sorrow
To grow and make us feel so bad?
Would we leave things left unsaid
That show people that we care?
Wouldn’t we rather bear our hearts
Letting them know we’re glad they’re near?
Would the important seem more urgent;
And the urgent seem less so;
Would we do the things that matter
And let the things that don’t just go?
Would the dishes and the laundry
Consume our precious time,
Or would spending it with those we love
Become more vital in our mind?
Would criticism and complaining
Matter more to us
Than forgiveness and maintaining
A level of healthy trust?
Wouldn’t it make more sense for us
To spend the time that we’ve been given
Cherishing the ones we love so much
And make our lives worth living?
Yes, if we knew that today was
The last day on this earth,
The present would seem more like a gift
Than gold and all it’s worth.
So even if we have more years
To spend upon this globe,
It makes sense to enjoy life now,
Because we never really know.
Wendi Warren, February 2014