An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love: The True Story of the Best by Richard Carlson

By Richard Carlson

If you happen to had one hour to reside and will make only one cell name, who may you name? What might you are saying? Why are you ready? Richard Carlson's surprising, tragic demise in December 2006 left his thousands of lovers reeling, yet even their many letters, calls, and emails could not erase the loss felt by way of his spouse, Kristine. to attempt and are available to phrases along with her loss, she pored over 25 years of affection letters, reliving the thoughts 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: in the event you had one hour to reside, what may you do, who might you name, and what might you assert? An Hour to dwell, An Hour to like is a profoundly relocating publication that indicates the significance of treasuring every day because the remarkable reward it truly is.

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I never dreamed I would be able to live one hour without Richard, and truthfully after an initial death wish upon learning that that hour was now, the image of my daughters came to • 43 • Kristine Carlson me, and I knew I had to and I would go on. Choosing to leave was simply not an option. In what ways are we not always choosing and manifesting our own destiny, constantly choosing which door to open? On different days, as I fully experience the humanness of my grief, I will choose a different door and move through each moment as it presents itself, embracing both the dark and the light, living the fullness of this curriculum.

I know it is for me, and especially for you and for the girls. You all have so much wisdom and so much to look forward to. I love you all so much. This has been a magnificent journey. “It’s almost time for me to say good-bye, and I know in my heart it’s not going to be for good. I know I’ll see you again—somehow, some way, somewhere, in some form. I’d like to spend the moments we have left just being quiet with you, listening to the rain and the crackle of the fire. I want to hug you one last time—a big bear hug.

That’s not quite what I’m experiencing, but a few things are becoming crystal • 30 • An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love clear. If I could live my life over, I’d be more loving to you and to everyone else as well—and I’d expect far less in return. I see now that life is all about love, sharing, compassion, and kindness. Mother Teresa said, ‘We cannot do great things on this earth. ’ I’m so glad we have lived our lives sharing this principle, knowing, too, that even small things can be great things when our hearts are in the right place.

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