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By Richard Carlson
In case you had one hour to reside and will make only one mobile name, who could you name? What might you assert? Why are you ready? Richard Carlson's unexpected, tragic loss of life in December 2006 left his hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts reeling, yet even their many letters, calls, and emails could not erase the loss felt by way of his spouse, Kristine. to aim and are available to phrases along with her loss, she pored over 25 years of affection letters, reliving the stories and cherishing her overdue husband's reminiscence. yet one letter stood out. Richard had written to his spouse on their 18th marriage ceremony anniversary and tried to reply to the query: should you had one hour to dwell, what might you do, who may you name, and what may you assert? An Hour to stay, An Hour to like is a profoundly relocating booklet that indicates the significance of treasuring on a daily basis because the tremendous reward it truly is.
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I remember fantasizing about how great it would be not to need any sleep and actually bragging to you and others about getting less than four hours’ rest each night. You said to me, ‘Be careful what you ask for,’ and, boy, were you right. Little did I know that my obsession would become a major sleep • 19 • Richard Carlson disorder, insomnia and all. It’s funny. I spent the ﬁrst twelve years of our marriage trying to stay awake, and every night since then desperately trying to get some sleep! “When we had ﬁnally made some money, I decided to start my own Internet company.
I have only to account for now. Staying in the present is the only way for me to live through this and not slip into the deep, dark hole that awaits all of us if we let it. I can only account for this moment and this day, as Richard has taught me by example that this is all any one of us really has. In fact, the exception to this is when Richard jumped forward to look back. He questioned his mortality in order to live more fully in the present, as if each day was going to be his last. This is what his message to me on our anniversary is about.
God, if I had only known what a mistake that was. I mean I thought I knew, I really did, but I still did it—I put off the really important stuff. I’d say things like, ‘This is a really busy • 28 • An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love time,’ as if, somehow, next month was magically going to be less demanding. I fell for my own rap, the very things I was teaching others not to do. You always had the attitude that there is no time like the present to go have some fun—and that the piles of paper and the unreturned phone calls will still be there when we get back.
An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love: The True Story of the Best Gift Ever Given by Richard Carlson