By Richard Carlson
For those who had one hour to stay and will make only one mobile name, who might you name? What might you are saying? Why are you ready? Richard Carlson's surprising, 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 attempt and are available to phrases together with her loss, she pored over 25 years of affection letters, reliving the stories 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 reply to the query: in the event you had one hour to stay, what could you do, who could you name, and what could you assert? An Hour to stay, An Hour to like is a profoundly relocating publication that exhibits the significance of treasuring every day because the fabulous present it's.
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Kris, mostly I want to tell you how much I love and cherish you, and how much I cherish our relationship. There are just a few things I want you to know before I say good-bye. “To begin, I want you to know that if I could live this life again with you, I’d do so in a heartbeat. Thank you for being there for me so many times when I proved to be oh-so-human. Thank you for accepting me, ﬂaws and all, for taking my hand in yours, and for loving me during my highest highs and my lowest lows. You always encouraged me to follow my heart and when I forgot to listen, you’d sit quietly with me and place my hand on my heart to • 16 • An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love help remind me.
You see the absurdity of all the rushing around. In fact, it looks so funny and ridiculous. The ‘rat race’ is an illusion, and so unnecessary. We rush around, and for what? All it does is keep us from truly experiencing life in any sort of meaningful, deep way. I can now see that people are trying to chase happiness. It’s ironic, however, because if we would just slow down, happiness would catch up to us. “I spent half my life trying to teach others to be • 26 • An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love ‘present’ but, looking back, my own hurrying kept me from being as present as I might have been.
In my attempts to share my own • 23 • Richard Carlson wisdom, I have missed out on hearing theirs. That’s something I’d change for sure, and it would have been easy to do. “Remember when Jazzy and I went to the coast for a father-daughter date? She was about ﬁve years old. She spent an hour in the hotel room getting all dressed up in her most beautiful outﬁt and, after telling her how beautiful she was, I said I would love to take her anywhere she would like for dinner— somewhere down by the water.