ImageThe Scroll Marked V from the Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino talks about living this day as if it were your last. 

This book was written in 1968 and still has great impact.

Here are some excerpts from The Scroll Marked V

 

I will live this day as if it is my last.

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And what shall I do with this last precious day, which remains in my keeping?

First, I will seal up its container of life so that not one drop spills itself upon the sand.

I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats,

yesterday’s aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad?

Can sand flow upward in the hourglass?

Will the sun rise where it sets and set where it rises?

Can I relive the errors of yesterday and right them?

Can I call back yesterday’s wounds and make them whole?

Can I become younger than yesterday?

Can I take back the evil that was spoken, the blows that were struck, the pain that

was caused?

No. Yesterday is buried forever and I will think of it no more.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

Should I concern myself over events, which I may never witness?

Should I torment myself with problems that may never come to pass?

No! Tomorrow lies buried with yesterday, and I will think of it no more.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

This day is all I have and these hours are now my eternity.

I greet this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death.

I lift mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day.

Is this another opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be?

Is there a purpose in nature? Is this my day to excel?

I will live this day as if it is my last.

I have but one life and life is naught but a measurement of time.

When I waste one I destroy the other. If I waste today I destroy the last page of my life. Therefore, each hour of this day will I cherish for it can never return.

Each minute of this day will I grasp with both hands and fondle with love for its value is beyond price.

What dying man can purchase another breath though he willingly give all his gold? What price dare I place on the hours ahead?

I will make them priceless.

I will live this day as if it my last.

I will avoid with fury the killers of time.

Procrastination I will destroy with action;

doubt I will bury under faith;

fear I will dismember with confidence.

I know that to court idleness is to steal food, clothing, and warmth from those I love. I am not a thief.

I am a man of love and today is my last chance to prove my love and my greatness.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

And if it is my last, it will be my greatest monument.

This day I will make the best day of my life.

I will make every hour count and each minute. I will trade only for

something of value.

I will make more calls than ever before.

I will sell more goods than ever before.

I will earn more gold than ever before.

Each minute of today will be more fruitful than hours of yesterday.

My last must be my best.

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I will live this day as if it is my last.

And if it is not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks.

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“What I am, is not out there.  It is in me”.  Helen Keller

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