One Year To Live

Here’s another great post from Morning Story and Dilbert. Where do you find motivation?

Morning Story and Dilbert

Morning Story and Dilbert Vintage Dilbert
October 30, 2014

Anthony Burgess was 40 when he learned that he had only one year to live. He had a brain tumor that would kill him within a year. He know he had a battle on his hands. He was completely broke at the time, and he didn’t have anything to leave behind for his wife, Lynne, soon to be a window.

Burgess had never been a professional novelist in the past, but he always knew the potential was inside him to be a writer. So, for the sole purpose of leaving royalties behind for his wife, he put a piece of paper into a typewriter and began writing. He had no certainty that he would even be published, but he couldn’t think of anything else to do.

“It was January of 1960,” he said, “and according to the prognosis, I had a winter and spring and…

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2 Comments on “One Year To Live

  1. It’s a great question to ponder as we approach Advent and a new year. On a list of 100 questions I found the questions what would you do if you had a year/ 6 months / 1 month etc to live. It was really interesting to see the line at which the things you chose would work fine if you had much longer. When you are thinking about long term provision as Burgess was as well as making the most of the time. The one thing common to all my answers was to pray more for my children, praying into the future that I would not be alongside them for.

    • Praying is always the best thing we can do for those we love most in this life 😉
      The best thing we can do for our kids is give them wisdom. Teach them where to find it for themselves. That equips them for life. I think parenting is the slow and steady work of teaching a child how to know, discover, and desire God’s will in everything.

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