What would you do today if this was your last day on Earth?
I ask myself this question often - not quite every day, but almost.
It gives me a sober perspective on my values, the agenda of the day and where I find meaning.
I think of the few things I would do and it's nice when it turns out that I do most of them each day.
If I could, I would wake up early, I would kiss my wife and tell her, "I love you," and I would go for my morning swim.
I would say, "Good morning!" to the people I see each day at the pool, and I would chat as usual with my friends.
I would get home in time to see my daughter off to school, and if I could, I would drive her there.
Along the way, we would talk about our hopes for the day, what we were looking forward to and how we must be open to the wonders and joys that come our way as well as opportunities to learn and to help others.
I would still go to work and care for my patients, though if it was my last day, I'd make it a shorter one. I would hope to see my favourite patients with whom I've built a relationship of mutual trust and respect.
I wouldn't fill out any form unless it was absolutely necessary. I wouldn't go to any meetings.
I'd write a little, draw a little and play some favourite pieces on the piano.
I would call up some friends - not all of them, just the very best.
Even though they know I love them, appreciate them and see the best in them, I'd tell them again, for old time's sake.
I'd call my dad, my sister and my brother, and thank them for what they've done for me, remind them that they've made a positive difference in my life and say, "I love you" again.
If I could, I would take a last bike ride through the park. I would enjoy every turn, every tree, every breath and every face I see.
I would hope the whole family would be home for dinner so we could pray together, talk about the days we have had, what we learned, who we helped, how we were helped and how we made the most this day.
I would hope to fall into a deep sleep with a clear conscience, an open heart and the satisfaction of a day well spent.
Dr. Davidicus Wong is a physician and writer.
His Healthwise column appears regularly in this paper. You can find his latest posts at facebook. com/davidicus.wong and davidicuswong.wordpress. com. Listen to his Positive Potential Medicine podcasts at wgrnradio.com.