The Very Last Time

Thinking on the theme of “the last time”, I’m reminded of the lyrics to a song I heard many years ago.

It started out…
“A friend of mine is going blind, but thru the dimness
He sees so much better than me.
“And he cherishes each new thing that he sees.
And he’ll save them for when he’s in darkness again.”

Consider the person who, through the ravages of disease, knows that their days are numbered.
How much different they must see.

My brother passed away after a long struggle with cancer. He was an outdoorsman. His career as a fishing guide spanned 17 years. And, he absolutely loved what he did.

That last winter, when hunting season was over, he proclaimed that that was the last time he would go to deer camp. The cold and the spread of the cancer to his hip had made it a difficult season in a deer blind.

I can imagine that, like the man who was going blind, even in his discomfort, he was also storing every detail in the woods; the crisp winter air, the subtle rustle of the deer, the camaraderie with his friends.
Knowing it was the last time, each moment must have been so precious to him.

In a way, he was lucky, because he heard the message. “This could be the last time.”
And hearing that, loud and clear, I bet he savored the moments more than most.

The truth is…
For all of us…. ‘This could be the last time.’

The last time you drive down a beautiful roadway

The last time you sing the national anthem.

The last time you speak to a loved one

This could be the last time…..
It’s a powerful thought that calls on us to take notice.
And… to cherish the moments of our lives.


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10 Responses to “The Very Last Time”

  1. millerandmillerconsulting Says:

    What a thought provoking post. It’s so important not to count your blessings and to live life to the full – what a great reminder to do just that.

  2. DenysKelley Says:

    Love this! Yes – it could be our last time and we need to cherish every moment!
    Spread your happy thoughts and enjoy the day!
    whooo woo!

  3. Arla DeField Says:

    An awesome reminder to live in the moment.

  4. Carrie Whittemore Says:

    Something no one wants to think about, but important to remember. Thanks for sharing!

  5. loacoach2 Says:

    This is so very true. The last time I saw my little sister was the Monday after Easter Sunday. Since she was only 19, I expected to see her many millions of times more. However, that was the last time.

    YOu never know what the future holds so it is best to savor every moment and not to take anything or anyone for granted, EVER!

    Thanks Dina.

    Kathy Hadley

    • dinadove Says:

      Kathy, that’s right. We can’t ever take a moment for granted. That’s why I like to be sure that there is always harmony with the people in my life since it could be the very last time I get a chance to make things good between us.

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