My Last Breath and Heartbeat

I’m acutely aware my time remaining on this earthly plane gets shorter with every breath I take and every beat of my heart. I may not survive to see tomorrow. I ask myself: How do I ensure what I leave behind when I breathe my last breath is a greater legacy of love than the day before? I want to know when my heart beats for the last time that nothing important has been left unsaid nor deed left undone.

With Love,

About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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20 Responses to My Last Breath and Heartbeat

  1. mimijk says:

    As grim as this thought is, it reminds us all that we have limited time and as such should make sure that all the important words are said and shared..

    • russtowne says:

      Hi, Mimi. It’s perhaps odd of me, but I don’t view it as grim at all. I neither fear death nor look forward to it, but I like to frequently acknowledge to myself it’s inevitability and often sudden occurrence so I’ll have no regrets when it happens. (My reply is in no way meant to suggest you fear, welcome, dwell on, or avoid the subject of it, my friend.)

  2. utesmile says:

    That is why it is so important to tell your loved ones that you love them. No one knows when we go , luckily , so be grateful for evey day and live every day to the full.
    Big hug Ute

  3. Mrs. P says:

    I think living life honestly and completely is the only way to accopmplish this and to never let an opportunity to share/express your love go by. By what I have come to know of you…you already do this…so continue!

    I once had a dream (nightmare) that I actually died. Most people wake up right before they do die…I didn’t. My first thoughts as I was making the transition were on my loved ones. I didn’t want them to worry or be afraid of what life would be for them without me there. I went to each one (in spirit) and stayed with them until they understood that it was okay for me to go…this also gave each of us an opportunity to communicate any last things we wished to.

    When I woke up I felt like I had a pretty good plan…in case I needed one. I only hope that I can make these things happen when the time comes.

  4. Oh how beautiful, what a way to make sure that every morning begins with a smile and that you put your best sparkling, loving self forward throughout the day so that when you happy body hits the hay at night, it is with visions of blessings and smiles dancing in your head. And you can rest easily and peacefully knowing that your vision of love is firmly planted in the minds of others when their heads hit the pillow as well! ♥

  5. I’m sure you’re telling people close to you what they mean to you every day!
    Diana xo

  6. Kristi says:

    what a great philosophy to live by Russ. 🙂

  7. All of our heart’s desire.

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