06 November 2011

If I die tomorrow...

If God, for a second, forgot what I have become
And granted me a little bit more of life,
I would use it to the best of my ability
I wouldn’t possibly, say everything that is in my mind,
But I would be more thoughtful of all I say,
I would give merit to things not for what they are worth,
But for what they mean to express.
I would sleep little, I would dream more,
Because I know that for every minute that we close our eyes,
We waste 60 seconds of light
I would walk while others stop;
I would awake while others sleep.
If God would give me a little bit more of life,
I would dress in a simple manner
I would place myself in front of the sun,
Leaving not only my body, but my soul naked at its mercy
To all men, I would say how mistaken they are
When they think that they stop falling in love when they grow old,
Without knowing that they grow old when they stop falling in love
I would give wings to children, but I would leave it to them
To learn how to fly by themselves
To old people, I would say that death
Doesn’t arrive when they grow old, but with forgetfulness
I have learned so much with you all,
I have learned that everybody wants to live on top of the mountain,
Without knowing that true happiness is obtained in the journey taken
And the form used to reach the top of the hill
I have learned that when a newborn baby holds, with his little hand
His father’s finger, it has trapped him for the rest of his life.
I have learned that a man has the right
And obligation to look down at another man, only when that man needs help to get up from the ground
Say always what you feel, not what you think
If I knew today is the last time that I am going to see you asleep,
I would hug you with all my strength
And I would pray to the Lord to let me be the guardian angel of your soul
If I knew that these are the last moments to see you, I would say “I love you”
There is always tomorrow, and life gives us another opportunity to do things right
But in case I am wrong, and today is all that is left to me
I would love to tell you how much I love you and that I will never forget you
Tomorrow is never guaranteed to anyone, young or old
Today could be the last time to see your love ones
Which is why you mustn’t wait; do it today,
In case tomorrow never arrives
I am sure you will be sorry you wasted the opportunity today to give a smile,
A hug, a kiss, and that you were too busy to grant them their last wish.
Keep your loved ones near you; tell them in their ears and to their faces
How much you need them and love them
Love them and treat them well; take your time to tell them “I am sorry”, “Forgive me”
“Please”, “Thank you” and all those loving words you know
Nobody will know you for your secret thought
Ask the lord for wisdom and strength to express them
Show your friends and loved ones how important they are to you
Send this letter to those you love
If you don’t do it today… tomorrow will be like yesterday
And if you never do it, it doesn’t matter either
The moment to do it is now
For you with much love,

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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