These two words are the most complex two words to face any person much less a writer.

What if? What if I could write as many words a day as I post on social media?

What if I had said yes or may be instead of no?

What if a meteor hits the Earth tomorrow?

What if I have six months to live?

What if I wrote everyday instead of playing Solitaire online?

What if I speak to my neighbors instead of ignoring them?

What if we made an effort to touch base with a family member once a week in real person time not online?

What if I take control of my life instead of blaming others?

What if I make an effort to make all comments positive for 24 hours?

Sitting back and looking at the words above I can delete the ones that are way out there and review the others.

As my doctor hasn’t said anything negative except,  “good start, loose another 20 kgs you are doing well for your age.”

Based on this statement I can assume all things being equal, I have more than 6 months to live. Strike this what if from the list. Then again who knows what will happen. Let me tweak this statement to make a wider statement.

Next improbable, meteors hitting the earth! I can tweak this as well and end up with the same message as the previous one.

Change your mindset BE a happier more compassionate person. One people interact with.



Now construct a



* Make the most of each day and live as if it is your last

* Be constructive with your time – write more & less time online

* Say Hello to your neighbours next time you see them

* Call one of your cousins, children or grandchildren and talk to them, ask for nothing but their time or write a letter- yes, a real letter something that you send via the snail mail system.

* Take all the old negative thoughts and feelings; hurts, real or imagined, pack them into an imaginary bag – You have dealt with them for years. Imagine you chain the bag to an anchor. Put it in boat and sail out to sea, throw the bag overboard then watch it sink to the bottom of the ocean, taking all your pain with it. Come home lighter and free from negativity.

* Think before you respond and if your instinct is to say something negative, either say nothing or find a positive response.

*Before you know it – You have finished your book

About lindandsam

Linda is a poet and writer. As a mature aged student, she completed a Bachelor of Creative Writing. Master of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Linda has also completed the Diploma of Family History Studies at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and is looking forward to further post graduate work. Published in the USC Storyboard, 2015. Self-published ‘Where is Gedhum Choekyi Nyima?’ For the Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, 1997. She now lives in Bass Coast in beautiful Wonthaggi and shares her life with her partner and their four-legged fur baby Hugo Boss

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