What’s YOUR Expiration Date?

My 5 year old once asked me: “How many Christmases have you had?”

Sneaky way to find out my age… So I told her.

Then she asked, “Well, how many do you get?”

That question still rings in my ear. Especially in this last month, when 11 friends/relatives’ time on the planet expired. They ranged in age from 43 to 106!

What if you could use a magic light to read your expiration date, maybe on the bottom of your foot… Would it change how you live? Do you have forever? Or do you have another week?

What if you knew this would be your last Christmas… your last Hannukah… your last New Year’s Eve? How would you celebrate?

I was feeling a little grumpy about some end-of-the-year business chores I had to get done. Then a little voice tapped at my inner ear: “Bill would be really happy to be cleaning out his business files for the new year. Laurie would give anything to be fussing about how to organize for taxes with a new computer system.”

Oh. Right. Bill and Laurie are gone. Checked out of this planet. I guess I can get my stuff done without being grumpy. Then I’ll go celebrate the holidays with friends.

My 4th grade teacher, Frieda Swift, was one of the people in my life who left. She was 106. Up until last year, she was still scooting around the nursing home in her wheelchair, reading to the other residents ~ some of whom had been her students! Go Frieda!

I want to be like that.

How about you?

Enjoy today. Enjoy these Holidays as if they are your very last. For all you know, they are. Yes, we all have challenges. This has been a hard year for a lot of people. Enjoy the holidays anyway.

What’s YOUR Expiration Date?

Blessings and Happy Holidays — Really,


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About Beth Terry

Beth Terry, CSP, is a speaker, coach, writer and cowgirl. Her audiences are from around the world: she has spoken to almost half a million people in 6 countries. Her passion is watching the "popcorn popper" go off in people's heads when they 'get it.'

4 Replies to “What’s YOUR Expiration Date?”

  1. Hi Beth.

    A timely, thoughtful, well written piece, as usual. Thank you.

    By preference (mine), my granddaughter calls me “Grumpy” as a not so subtle reminder of what I don’t want to become. Sometimes, it works. Even when it doesn’t, it’s a hoot to watch people react when they hear her call me that.

    • Hi Bill – thanks! Children do have a way of bringing reality home, don’t they? My little one asked me that more than a dozen years ago, and I never forgot it!

      Love her nickname for you.

      Have a wonderful Holiday!

    • You are welcome. Just gots ta grab life and run with it. You never know. I think it was Elbert Hubbard who said, “The Day you Die will be the same as any other day, only shorter.” Live out loud and proud!
      Merry Christmas!

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