Jim Hourihane, my late father in law, liked to talk about life being like a bar of chocolate. When you are a kid and someone gives you a whole bar of chocolate to yourself you gobble down the first half without thinking. Then you realise you only have half left. You begin to take your time. You start to appreciate the remaining chocolate more. When you come to the last square you take a long time to savour it. You let it sit on your tongue until it melts. You eek out every last ounce of pleasure from it.
The poem below is on the same theme. Where do you live your life today? Are you in the mindset at the start of the poem? Are you focused on the negatives of the daily grind? Do you bemoan Monday mornings and wish the week away to Friday? Do you look at the clock at 10:00 and pray for 17:30?
How better to live every day the way he lives the last 3 minutes. Enjoy the journey, it doesn’t last long.
25 minutes to go: by Shel Silverstein
They’re buildin’ the gallows outside my cell.
I got 25 minutes to go.
And in 25 minutes I’ll be in Hell.
I got 24 minutes to go.
Well, they give me some beans for my last meal.
23 minutes to go.
And you know… nobody asked me how I feel.
I got 22 minutes to go.
So, I wrote to the Gov’nor… the whole damned bunch.
Ahhh… 21 minutes to go.
And I call up the Mayor, and he’s out to lunch.
I got 20 more minutes to go.
Well, the Sheriff says, ‘Boy, I wanna watch you die’.
19 minutes to go.
I laugh in his face… and I spit in his eye.
I got 18 minutes to go.
Well…I call out to the Warden to hear my plea.
17 minute to go.
He says, ‘Call me back in a week or three.
You’ve got 16 minutes to go.’
Well, my lawyer says he’s sorry he missed my case.
Mmmm….15 minutes to go.
Yeah, well if you’re so sorry, come up and take my place.
I got 14 minutes to go.
Well, now here comes the padre to save my soul
With 13 minutes to go.
And he’s talkin’ about burnin’, but I’m so damned cold.
I got 12 more minutes to go.
Now they’re testin’ the trap. It chills my spine.
I got 11 minutes to go.
‘Cuz the goddamned thing it works just fine.
I got 10 more minutes to go.
I’m waitin’ for the pardon… gonna set me free
With 9 more minutes to go.
But this ain’t the movies, so to hell with me.
I got 8 more minutes to go.
And now I’m climbin up the ladder with a scaffold peg
With 7 more minutes to go.
I’ve betta’ watch my step or else I’ll break my leg.
I got 6 more minutes to go.
Yeah… with my feet on the trap and my head in the noose…
5 more minutes to go.
Well, c’mon somethin’ and cut me loose.
I got 4 more minutes to go.
I can see the mountains. I see the sky.
3 more minutes to go.
And it’s too damned pretty for a man to die.
i got 2 more minutes to go
I can hear the buzzards… hear the crows.
1 more minute to go.
And now I’m swingin’ and here I gooooooooo….