If You Knew You Were Going To Die Today, How Would You Spend Your Final Hours? by John Cali and Spirit

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How would you answer the question our title asks?

When I asked myself that question, I had to stop to think about it. What would I do? How would I spend the hours I knew would be my last in this lifetime?

Here’s Spirit.


Many humans often ask themselves “Why am I here?”

We can answer that question with one word: “Joy.”

Perhaps even more difficult to answer would be John’s question:
How would I spend the hours I knew would be my last in this lifetime?

You are here to experience joy—throughout your life, and certainly in your final hours of this lifetime.

That is your life’s purpose, pure and simple. Joy is your birthright. Joy is natural. Joy is your connection to the divine energy you may call God. Joy is your bond with your spirit.

After all, you are God in human form. You are a playful God. Your spirit knows that. Have fun. Play more. Love more. Life is not serious. It’s supposed to be fun. It’s supposed to be joyful. It’s that simple. Don’t make it complicated or difficult.

If there’s one thing God loves most about humans, it’s their ability to laugh, to be joyful, to have fun. None of this stuff you call life is that serious. And death is certainly not serious.

You did not come to this lifetime to suffer through a sad life and endure a sad death. You came here to have fun! You came here to be joyful. You came here to love and laugh and play. You came here to grow, and to grow through joy.

We in spirit love to see you having fun and being joyful. Even on your deathbed. For, really, there is no death. Death is an illusion you have tortured yourselves with for all of human history. It’s time to stop that nonsense!

Anything less than joy, less than happiness is not what God wants for you. Anything less than that is not what your spirit wants for you.

So enjoy yourself and your life. That is your life’s purpose. And that is the best way to spend your final hours.


Adapted from Spirit Oracle Cards by John Cali, Frederic Calendini, and Stephanie Quesada (Great Western Publishing, 2013)


Cameron Gallagher was a young lady who recently died at the end of a marathon she was running. In this short video her father describes her final moments. And he offers some wise advice for all parents.

Related links:
Joy Is What Life Is All About
The Book of Joy: How To Live Every Day of Your Life Happily Ever After
Fun and Joy
The Joy of Life

Is your life fun? Or is it more struggle than fun and happiness? If it is, what can you do to change that? Please share your thoughts and comments with us.


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12 Responses

  1. susan

    At the shore at my aunts cottage. Watching the sun rise over the water, collecting sea glass at low tide, and wait for the tide to come in. Could do that everyday.

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Susan. That sounds like a delightful way to spend your time, whether it be your final hours or not.

  2. Mikala

    I have told, and I tell, all the people who are close to me, and those with whom I become acquainted of my love for them, and of the joy they bring into my life all the time.

    So, I would spend my last hours soaking up Earth, Gaia, and all of nature. I would be hugging trees, make lasting memories of bird song and the silliness of animals. I would walk the Earth and stare at the sky, holding all I love about being able to live here and be human. I would breathe deeply, sing and dance and enjoy my human form. And I’d eat all those foods that to me are so special, smelling the aromas, tasting the flavors and so forth. I don’t want to forget one part of the amazing gifts humans are given.

    Love to all,

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Mikala. What a beautiful word picture you paint — a great way to spend our final hours!

      • Mikala

        Thank you, John. I wish to add that people need to tell their loved ones, and those who have done nice things for them, or every person every day, how much they care. Passing someone in the grocery store, tell them “You look so lovely today.” or something equally uplifting for every one you see at some time or another. Point out the lovely attributes of others now, don’t wait. When you practice this, you will be able to see their appreciation and upliftment, and sometimes shock or surprise. If you wait until your last day, you and they have missed a bunch of good times.

  3. Sarah D

    Hi John,
    The whole joy thing both fascinates and frustrates me. As you know, I have manic depression or bipolar disorder and one of the nicer attributes is the ability to feel insurmountable joy during the high or manic phases. It is indescribable and unrivalled!!! Unfortunately for me my sanity becomes compromised so I have little choice but to quench the highs with medication ( either that or spiral out of control). But to experience that kind of passionate joy is a blessing, even if it can’t last, and leaves me feeling like I’ve touched base with the divine.

    My husband was always joyous. At his funeral we had ‘always look on the bright side of life’ from the Monty Python film ‘Life of Brian’. It was his last wish – still laughing from beyond the veil!!!

    Joyful blessings to you, John 🙂

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Sarah.

      I understand your situation, as I have family/friends with the same challenges.

      I’m sure your husband is still laughing “beyond the veil.” 🙂

      Joyful blessings to you too, Sarah.

  4. Micki

    Hi John,
    Like Marlene, I too would get in contact with all that at I love and let them know what they meant to me, then I would sit in my favourite spot here on the Mountain and watch the sunset.
    Love and hugs,

  5. Marlene

    Even though I know life is supposed to be fun and filled with joy, I’m pretty sure that faced with the knowledge of having only one more day to live I’d spend that day writing love letters to family and friends. I’d let them know how important they were to me, the joy they brought to my life, and I’d leave this dimension with an admonition to live their lives in JOY.

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