If I Only Had One Day Left

The latest picture I have of my Papaw holding his great grandson Jonathan born November 4, 2007.

The last picture I have of my Papaw, Clyde Clark, holding his great grandson Jonathan born November 4, 2007. Papaw passed away July 11, 2008

I recently read a book that was given to me by a friend and fellow Tribe Writer, Eva P. Scott entitled “20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course in Mastering Your Life Right Now” by Robert D. Smith.

It was a very good book. I can’t quite apply all the concepts because I’m in a different time of life than he was in the writing of his book.

For instance he was past his 20,000th day when he wrote the book. I am currently on my 13,324th day. (If you want to figure out which day you are on you can go to his website day calculator: Here)

I’ve got young children that still need to be raised. So I have to keep my situation in mind while reading his book. Not everything will apply to me.

But one of the things he mentioned in his book that really got me to thinking was to imagine everyday as if it were your last. 

If I really imagined that everyday was my last day to live, I’d never wash another dish again. I’d hide all the dirty clothes in a closet. Those things aren’t on the most important list for me. But they are things that have to be done and I cannot neglect them. 

It did get me to thinking though. What legacy do I want to leave to my children, grand-children, great grand children, great great great great great…? Okay, you get the picture.

Will I have a great-great-great…grandchild one day that will be just like me. Will she be going through the same challenges? Will she even know who I was? Do I know anything about my great-great-great…grandparents?

My paternal grandfather, Clyde Clark, wrote his story. He wrote his memories down during the years right before he passed away. I found the document he typed the other day. I could hear his voice in my mind as I read it. I want to turn his story into a book. It will be a book that many generations from now will read.

I’m not stopping there though. I want to write my own book. A book for my children and beyond. I want them to be strengthened long after I am gone. A continuing legacy of building a Rock Solid Family.

That brings me to my current plans. I must say that I feel like I’m always in the planning stage. It is hard to move from planning something to actually making it a reality. Well today is the day… No more procrastinating.

I have finally started my book. And you, my faithful followers, will be the first to read it when I’m done.

The working title right now is “Don’t Give Up: A Rock Solid Manifesto of Commitment.” I say working title because the title may change.

This summer is incredibly busy with family and church commitments. So I’m going to set a tentative launch date for the end of August. That will give me a month between the time all the summer activities end and the homeschool activities begin.

What do you think? Does the subject I plan to write on interest you? Is there anything you would like to see me include in my book? How about a future book? Is there a subject you would like me to write about? Please let me know in the comments.

I’m making my writing goal public as a challenge from a blog post by another tribe writer, Bryan Hutchinson of PositiveWriter.com. He encouraged writers to “write a post about starting on your path to achieving your dream, and then post a link in the comments.” You can read more about the challenge and his great advice here.

 

~♥~  Anastacia “Stacie” Maness ~♥~

“Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!”

–Job 19:23-24

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About Anastacia Maness

Anastacia Maness is a preacher's wife, homeschooling mother of 6 blessings, and writer. When she's not busy counting her blessings she's writing about them right here on her blog, encouraging and strengthening families.

16 thoughts on “If I Only Had One Day Left

  1. Jill Daniel

    This reminds me of one of my favorite psalms:
    “…And in Your book they all were written,
    The days fashioned for me,
    When as yet there were none of them.”
    Psalm 139:16

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  2. Shannon Cochran

    Anastacia, Always a pleasure to read your posts. Way to go writing your book! Your working title sounds good and in-line with your valiant sidekick spirit.

    Guess what? I’m on p. 41 of 20,000 Days and Counting. Cool that we’re reading the same book! I appreciated your balanced comments re: seasons of life as they relate to Robert D. Smith’s book.

    What a treasure–that last pic of your grandfather and infant son. What a gift–a book of your grandpa’s stories. And a future book for your children–A Rock Solid Mama’s stories.

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    • Anastacia Maness

      Thanks, Shannon! I’ve been doing a lot of brainstorming and have a basic outline right now. I’m actually thinking of changing the working title to “Don’t Quit!: A Rock Solid Legacy of Commitment.” I think “Legacy” might make more since to people than “Manifesto.” What do you think?

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  3. Janelle

    Yay! I am cheering for you, Anastacia, and I’m looking forward to reading your book soon! I pray the process will be enjoyable and blessed, as you work omit over the summer.

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    • Anastacia Maness

      Thank you, Janelle! Ever since I’ve written this post the ideas have been flowing. I’m excited and I think I’ll meet my tentative deadline without any problem. Thanks for the prayers and the encouragement.

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