Flying home from Africa this past week, one of our travel legs was on a tiny airplane. You know the kind – the kind that bounces all over the place – every air pocket acutely felt. It didn’t help either when we flew through a couple of inclement weather patches.

The thought of death occurred. Before you blow me off as ridiculous think about it – most people in airplane accidents have the thought that maybe they’ll die before they actually do – we all assume we’ll die sometime in the future. It’s never right now – unless of course, it’s right now.

It’s a verifiable fact – we are all going to die. Period.

Accept or Deny.

No one overtly denies the fact. Living forever is the stuff of young adult fiction. But our actions speak otherwise. We sleepwalk through our days. We put off until another day. We focus on the unimportant and assume tomorrow is a guarantee.

To accept is to stop assuming your upright position is awake.

Take a listen…Tim McGraw puts it so well.

“Someday I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dying”

Wake up – right now – this moment – you have the chance to live like you are dying. Embrace your day.

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Today’s word: ACCEPT – link up here.

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.

4 thoughts on “Accept

  1. Aimee

    Thank u Donna for another thought provoking read !
    Love that Tim McGraw song

  2. Cheryl

    Over the last number of years, I’ve been thinking more and more about my own mortality. Having an emergency gall bladder surgery put that thinking back to the forefront. The trick is to live in light of eternity. “Embrace your day.” This speaks so well of an alive life.
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