What if you had one month to live?

A few years ago, I read the New York Times bestseller One Month to Live by Kerry and Chris Shook.

It impacted me so much that I blogged about it for thirty days and invited readers to join me in my journey.

The other day as I headed to the gym, I grabbed the book off my shelf and read through it again.

And I was just as impacted.

So, since there are a lot of new readers here who might not have been around to join me in my One Month, I thought I’d re-run a few of the posts this week that I wrote about my journey…

*Post originally published September 2008:

What if you had one month to live?

I’ve been asking myself that question a lot lately.

If I had one month to live, what would I spend more time on?

Or less?

How would my perspective change?

The book One Month to Live has inspired me to look at life in a whole new way, and to really try to make each day count. It’s helped me to focus on what truly matters.

In fact, seeing everything through a “one month” lens has impacted me so much that I wanted to share it.

I’ve heard it said that if you do something for thirty days, it can become a habit. So for the next month, I’ll be hosting what I’m calling “My One Month”—focusing on living life in a way that if I did find out I had a month to live, I’d have no regrets.

I’ll be blogging about my journey and would love for you to join me.

Just ask yourself the question–what if I had only one month to live?

Then write about it. Your post can be as simple as a list of things you’d like to do, or it can be about something that happens as a result of looking at life from a “One Month” viewpoint.

If you don’t have a blog, you can still participate. Simply stop by throughout the month and comment to share your ideas and stories.

Like the book says, living a no-regrets life isn’t about focusing on the fact that we’re all going to die someday.

It’s about choosing to live in a way that makes each moment matter.

And that’s something worth doing.

Don’t you think?

I look forward to sharing more with you in the next couple of posts! And if you want more inspiration, you can click to find links to all the great posts that were written by others who joined me in “My One Month” journey!

What about you? Have you heard of this book? Have you read it? If you had to choose one thing you would do if you only had one month to live, what would it be?


  1. I have the book but haven't read it yet. In fact I saw it yesterday and was reminded.

  2. I have never heard of the book, but have been thinking about that question a lot lately. Perhaps its due to frustrations at work. It's a hard question to answer, rather its an easy question to answer but a hard question to take action on. It's because one never knows how much longer they have on this earth but we all have to strike a balance between doing what we love and doing what we have to do (such as work). Thanks for the post. Found you through mom bloggers. I'm a new follower.thecheesethief.blogspot.com

  3. I have never heard of that book, but it's a great question. For me, I would spend my time with my family and friends. Nothing else would matter at that point. I would just surround myself with love.

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