By Richard Carlson
Should you had one hour to reside and will make only one telephone name, who could you name? What could you are saying? Why are you ready? Richard Carlson's unexpected, tragic demise 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 means of his spouse, Kristine. to aim and are available to phrases together with her loss, she pored over 25 years of affection letters, reliving the thoughts and cherishing her past due husband's reminiscence. yet one letter stood out. Richard had written to his spouse on their 18th marriage ceremony anniversary and tried to respond to the query: in the event you had one hour to dwell, what might you do, who might you name, and what could you assert? An Hour to dwell, An Hour to like is a profoundly relocating ebook that exhibits the significance of treasuring on a daily basis because the impressive present it's.
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Even when I told you I thought we could lose everything and you saw the fear in my eyes, all you did was listen. You never lost your cool or gave me any harsh lectures. “Instead, Kris, you kept insisting that we had • 20 • An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love each other, that the kids were healthy, and that this was all that was ultimately important. Now, with that chaos and nonsense behind me, I can see that you were right. Even if we had lost it all, it would not have been the end of the world. We would have found a way to get by, just like everyone else.
In this opening, to my surprise, I have discovered a miracle. In Richard’s death, I have awoken from a deep slumber to the rebirth of my spirit. This process (and it is a process) has been both excruciating and at times, actually, blissful. “Bliss” is not a word generally associated with death, in the minds of anyone I know, including myself. Yet, this is what I have discovered. • 40 • An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love In life, Richard and I shared a remarkable connection, one that does not die with the body.
I felt so young that day. I’ll never forget just holding her and looking at her, with happy tears in my eyes, wondering to myself, how in the world I ever ended up so lucky. “If I could live my life over again, Kris, I’d spend far less energy wanting things I didn’t have, and far more energy enjoying what I already did have. It’s such an obvious thing, and it’s right under our noses our entire lifetime—the idea that happiness comes not from • 25 • Richard Carlson getting what we want, but instead from wanting what we have.
An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love: The True Story of the Best Gift Ever Given by Richard Carlson