For One More Day

The Good Read:             For One More Day by Mitch Albom


In this life, how often would regret things that you have done before? How often would you think stuff that occurred, circumstances that you thought would turn out nice but it didn't, situations that would have gone better if you just made the right decisions? At times, we have thought about these and just like any given times, we have wished to make these right, though it wouldn't be possible; then we wished to make up for it.

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Charles Benetto is the same. He had no idea how his life went on. What remained clear was his willingness and eagerness to end his life after all the turmoil in his career, personal life and his family. He couldn't take back things but he was able to go back. Not to change anything but to realize what had happened to his life, the things he missed and how people around him went on while he remained stuck in the moment wanting to be dead.

Like many of us, we have emotions. Some we wouldn't want to shout in the open and some that we want to voice out but nobody would dare to hear. That's how it works, actually. We are humans, we have weaknesses and we seldom think to give up everything.

Situations, especially the bad ones can make us strong or stronger. It all teach us a lesson and make us realize that we have to make way for better things to happen.

We want a chance to go back on how it used to be. A chance to see how it will be like when we have done a different thing from what was once executed. A chance to keep all the things and people we have lost. A chance to see how today will go if we have fought for something before.

Truth is, we all have fought for something, though we might have a different run from what process we think of now, but we have fought for that something (or perhaps, someone). It was never really gone. It was never really nothing.

When someone is in your heart, they're never truly gone. They can come back to you, even at unlikely times. 
There is everything you know and there is everything that happens. When the two do not line up, you make a choice.
That's the thing when your parents die, you feel like instead of going into every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone.
Sharing tales of those we've lost is how we keep from really losing them.
Going back to something is harder than you think.
Sticking with your family is what makes it a family.
It's such a shame to waste time. We always think we have so much of it.
You need to keep people close. You need to give them access to your heart.
You have to care as much about yourself on the way down as you did on the way up.
Secrets tear you apart.
The more you defend a lie, the angrier you become.
When you're rotten about yourself, you become rotten to everyone else, even those you love.
Life goes quickly, doesn't it?
The truth is, there is no line. There's only your life, how you mess it up, and who is there to save you or who isn't.
All that happens when your dream come true is a slow, melting realization that it wasn't what you thought and it won't save you. 

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