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What Would I Do If Today Was My Last Day? — I Write a Gratitude Journal

Writing a journal

“Somebody once told me the definition of hell: On my last day on this earth, the person who I became will meet the person I could have become, and those two people are total strangers. But somebody also once told me the definition of heaven: On my last day on this earth, the person who I became will meet the person I could have become, and those two people are identical twins.” —Ed Mylett

Coronavirus changed the life globally. It was an outbreak first, epidemic second, and is pandemic now. The boon in disguise is that it has united all humans across the world irrespective of their communities, nations, and geographies. There is more emphasis on humanity than ever before. Kudos to Coronavirus!

Everyone waits for a great day in life. Of course, everyone must also wait for the final day in life. Nobody knows when would be the final day unless diagnosed with a disease and informed by an expert doctor. We are all tenets on this planet earth. In this regard, we will discuss writing a gratitude journal if today were the last day on earth.

What would I do if today was my last day on earth? Very simple. I accept the reality of life gracefully. I express my gratitude to God for gifting me with a great life inundated with innumerable challenges with more failures and fewer successes. Successes gave me confidence and made me simple while failures taught me lessons and made me humble. I spend my day with my wife Padmavathy and I thank her for her unconditional love and support especially during my failures.

I phone and thank my best friends who helped me overcome challenges that arose due to my rogue relatives. I thank my siblings for cheating on me and teaching me valuable life lessons especially not to trust others. I thank my students for their love and affection. I will share the passwords of all social media accounts with my son, M. Ramakrishna Sayee to look after them. I transfer the little money I have into one account and donate to charities and trusts that care for children’s education. I pray to God to forgive my mistakes. I share my final post on my blog and social media platforms with my students, fans, and followers globally with a message—Goodbye with gratitude.

Writing a journal

Write a Final Gratitude Journal

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and saw that service is a joy.” —Khalil Gibran

I write a gratitude journal as follows. I thank God for the opportunity to lead my life mindfully and meaningfully in diversified areas including military, business, teaching, training, research, consultancy, and philanthropy. I thank God for blessing me with many roles in my life as a soldier, entrepreneur, educator, editor, author, adventurer, explorer, philanthropist, and spiritualist. What a great opportunity for me to lead many lives in one life! I thank God for leaving this world without any regrets in my life. I thank God for giving me a peaceful, happy, and honorable death. With gratitude!

“I often wonder what I will be remembered in history for. Scholar? Military hero? Builder?” ―Ferdinand Marcos


Written by Professor M.S. Rao.

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Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D.
Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. is the Father of “Soft Leadership” and the Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, India. He is an International Leadership Guru with forty years of experience and the author of fifty books including the award-winning See the Light in You: Acquire Spiritual Powers to Achieve Mindfulness, Wellness, Happiness, and Success (Waterside Productions; January 16, 2020). He is a C-Suite advisor and global keynote speaker. He brings a strategic eye and long-range vision given his multifaceted professional experience including military, teaching, training, research, consultancy, and philosophy. He is passionate about serving and making a difference in the lives of others. He trains a new generation of leaders through leadership education and publications. His vision is to build one million students as global leaders by 2030. He has the vision to share his knowledge freely with one billion people globally. He advocates gender equality globally (#HeForShe). He was ranked #1 Thought Leader and Influencer in HR globally by Thinkers360. He invests his time in authoring books and blogging on executive education, learning, and leadership. Most of his work is available free of charge on his four blogs including Vision 2030: One Million Global Leaders. He is a prolific author and a dynamic, energetic, and inspirational leadership speaker. Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. is an opinion columnist for the CEOWORLD magazine. Follow him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.