21DJC Day 17 – If The World Came To An End Today, How Would You Feel?

This is Day 17 of the 21-Day Journaling Challenge (21DJC) for Nov 2011. View list of tasks: 21DJC Overview.

Hi everyone – Welcome to Day 17 of 21DJC! :)

Yesterday’s question was: “What Makes You Happy?“. (Read the responses.)

Check out some of the things that bring joy to readers at Personal Excellence readers:

“My happiest moments are spending time with my husband and my family, reading, playing the piano, taking pictures and drawing/ painting.” – Kimberly

“My horses, when they’re happily munching away, or they trot up to see me when I come out, or if I’m talking to them and they snort at the right time. Or at work when one of the dogs chases a ball, or a stick, or a leaf, or walks up to me to get petted wiggling so much with excitement that they nearly fall over.” – Laurel

“I am happy when I reach a goal, even when it’s a small one. I am also happy when taking positive action and even before that,when I am making plans and feel pumped about achieving something. And I am so happy and grateful to be alive and have this amazing adventure on the Earth :)))” – Ivona

“What makes me happy? … [It] could be anything. From people to animals, birds, fish, insects, places, memories, art, music, movies, photos, the weather (even if it’s raining), technology, books, magazines, the ocean, the sky, the sun, clouds, aromas, trees, grass, flowers, fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, water, puddles, cars, trains, buses, bicycles, planes, and even something as obscure as dog poo on the street, which I will just look at and laugh. The dogs are just doing what needs to be done, so how can that not make anyone happy? :)” – Glenn

“When I feel like I’ve made a difference in someone’s life, then I feel happy.” – Pat Fuller

“Achieving something to me that is not easy.The most vivid and emotional moment for me is when I got my car license, it may be trivial to many people but its the most satisfying experience for me.” – iImprove2

“What I love most about life is that there are so many things to see, explore and learn. We only have so much time and space to expose ourselves to them. Whatever I do, I would like to think that i am learning something from it.” – Viole

“Being independent, supporting myself. Clearing clutter and living simply. Saving money. Random acts of kindness (receiving and performing them). Meditation. Feeling gratitude for all that i have, and dreaming of all the good things to come.”

“What makes me happy? Simple things like: Being with my children, seeing them smile. Feeling loved, feeling that people care about me. Playing with my dogs. Receiving an unexpected gift. Giving someone a gift. Christmas. Reading a book• When I achieve something or reach a goal, even if it a small thing. Walking barefoot on the beach.” – Ish

“Many things make me happy…. Spending time with my family. Finishing a project. Creating extra ordinary designs. Listening Meaningful Hindi Songs. Reading Motivational Stuff. Achieving success. Logging in to Personal Excellence / Forum :) ” – Kamal

Thank you, Kamal (as well as to the rest of you to mentioned that in your responses). :D I’m really happy to know that being at Personal Excellence makes you happy. :D Guess happiness can be a self-enforcing cycle, aye? ;)

What makes me happy? Almost everything, really. Some things that make me happy include:

  • People smiling.
  • Connecting with people.
  • Seeing people in love.
  • Living my purpose. Helping people grow.
  • Pursuing and achieving my goals.
  • Gratitude.
  • Growing.
  • Uncovering my blind spots.
  • Kindness.
  • Running Personal Excellence.
  • Working on upcoming projects for Personal Excellence.
  • Seeing you happy.
  • Knowing I have positively affected someone’s life as a result of what I do.
  • Seeing my parents go about their day-to-day activities.
  • Living life.

With that said, let’s now move to today’s question!

21DJC Day 17

Today’s question is:

If The World Came To An End Today, How Would You Feel?

If The World Came To An End Today, How Would You Feel?

Would you be happy? Would you be sad? Would you be nonchalant? Would you wish for more time with your loved ones? Would you wish for more time to fulfill your goals? Would you wish for another chance at life?

Put on your reflection cap and let your thoughts flow. Below is an empty form which you can use to write your answers to the question. Treat it as your private 21DJC journaling “room”, if you will. You will be seeing this form every day, for the 21 days of the challenge. There’s a button for you to keep track of your word count too, if you’re interested.

(Note you will not see the form below if you’re viewing this in your email client. Visit the actual post online to see the form.)

If The World Came To An End Today, How Would You Feel?

Your Task Today:

  1. Reflect and answer today’s question. There’s no word limit – whether minimum or maximum. Write as few or as many words as you want. It’s all up to what you want to express!
  2. Share your answer. After you are done writing, copy and paste your answer in the comments area and post it there.
  3. Check out other participants’ answers. Other participants will be sharing their answers too, so feel free to read and reply to their answers. This is a group course, so let’s support each other in these 21 days.
Look forward to reading your answers! :D


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  1. cloudio says:

    I think a lot about it: what If I will die or the world come to an end in ten minutes?

    This does not really scared me, more it push me to be responsible and live life at fullest.
    Do not delay to tomorrow what you can do now.
    Except clean the house, of course.

    If it is going to happen indeed, my ego would be upset because there are many things I would like to do and experiment first.

    But at the same time me, you, everybody, will finally have an answer to the most important question of all.

    What’s next? How’s doomsday?

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  2. Christina says:

    If I had any kind of warning, I would feel bad that I didn’t use my time as wisely as I could have. If it came about because of something humans did, I would be angry and disappointed that I didn’t do more to help stop it.

    It’s weird, because I had a dream just a few nights ago that the world was ending. I was standing outside with my sister and her family, looking at the night sky. My brother-in-law noticed that the Milky Way looked weird. Then there were falling stars. Then there were a LOT of falling stars. At some point, I realized that ALL of the stars were falling and that this was the end of everything. It was strangely beautiful. I hugged my little niece and felt sad that she’d never have a chance at a real life. Then I woke myself up because I didn’t want to know how it ended.

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  3. Alban Brice says:

    Do not mind because I’m “saved” and already pursuing my passion.

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  4. iImprove2 says:

    If the world came to an end today, I would feel nothing.

    I woudn’t feel fearful or scare as I know I won’t be leaving the world alone, but would I feel sad? I am not sure…

    Maybe the world offers both good and bad things both at the same time. I would for sure miss the good things but for the bad?

    The good things, is it worth feeling sad for? Love, the beautiful and wonderful world we live in, the natural wonders, the human achievements and many more. The rich and diverse food we get to try. The many things we get to do in a free and open world (more or less). But above all that, will it be better or worst? I am not sure, but I would be glad I am out of the rat race, I will be free from illness and death at least not I won’t die alone.

    Having said all this, what is the alternative? What would be a better choice? Or we should cherish and be thankful for what we have?

    Yes, because this is what we have and whatever it is, it is what we make of it that matters? For those in misery now, it would be a relief. For those in joy now, it would be sad…

    For me, I would think what I have missed out, that I should have done this and that, try this and that…

    I may come to realise what really and truely matters to me and wished I had spent more time or treasure it more… Like my family, wife, relatives and friends…

    I may regret the many things I did or should have done.

    If the world ends today, I would feel nothing, sorry to say that but its what I feel now.

    If it happens I may feel otherwise but for now, no I wouldn’t feel anything.

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  5. Aletta says:


    If it had to end today, would I have time to feel anything about it? I guess it would be chaos and there won’t be much to feel. I normally go into deal with first things first and think about them later.

    I don’t think I’d be very happy as I still want to see my children grow up and have their own children.

    Frankly speaking, i can’t really – maybe more I don’t want to – imagine such a situation.

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  6. Fraser says:

    I love life and would not be happy. I am here only the one time. I love to make the most out of each and every day. Therefore I would not be happy knowing that my opportunity to achieve all I want has passed. However I would be content knowing I have done my upmost.

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  7. Charles says:

    If the world ended without notice I would simply end with it and perhaps feel only for the instant of realization. And what would that feel like? Possibly like an OH SHIT millisecond just before a head-on crash. Yes, I would wish for another chance at life. I already do. At age 70 I’d love to do it all over again.

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  8. Amanda says:

    I would feel dissapointed – I just learnt about my passion and I’m currently pursuing it. In a month + my website will be launched, and I have worked so much to the launch.

    While knowing that my hard work has gone to waste… it’s quite too much to take. :(

    But I would also feel grateful – grateful that I could have a chance to experience life. Grateful that I am already in earth before the world came to an end.

    Of course, I would also feel more relaxed because there’s nothing much to worry about. ;)

    In this world…we have good things. But there’s no use in mourning over them. Recently I watched a show where Person A said to Person B after B’s boyfriend died, “Just remember the good times you had – mourning over his death won’t bring him back into earth.” In the same way, mourning over the end of world won’t bring back the world.

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  9. Sourabh says:

    If world is going to end today…

    My first feeling will be of fear, no doubt about it ! Its important for me what will i feel after the first wave of fear went out !

    Most likely I would feel a mix of different feelings, like anger, sadness!

    I will feel sad because I didnt got time to complete my goals, I feel sad because I dont got chance to said “Sorry” to my parents for being rude to them sometimes, and “Thank you” for being with me !
    I would feel anger because I have wasted too much time not going with me goal but spending time with not so important things.

    I would even feel optimistic about seeing world tomorrow again! So I can live my life again with fresh new start !

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  10. Mirna says:

    If I knew the world was coming to an end today.
    I’d feel calm, for starters, because I trust that whatever happens in the universe and however it happens is a plan of God, who I trust that he knows what his doing.
    I wouldn’t resist it and I’d take a moment to appreciate everything I was able to experience in this world and contemplate how it has molded me into the person I am today. I’d feel immense gratitude for being apart of this life as me and all the lessons I’ve learned.

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  11. Meganjudymax says:

    I feel sad because the world is going to end and that means, God must be fed up that we are not taking good care of the gifts and graces He had given to us. We took Him for granted…just like when a family member or a friend gave you a gift and later they found out that you didn’t appreciate it but “abuse” or took things for granted, then the giver either stop giving you more gifts or the giver would take it back because the giver work hard to acquire these gifts for you. The feeling of the giver gets hurt. That is why there must be a valid reason why the world will end. In conclusion, it is best to do good to ourselves and to others because when the time will come, we are not afraid to face God but we are very happy to return home to our God, Our Father and Creator. Amen.

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  12. J says:

    I would feel like I’m on the right track, but not with the peace I would want. But some peace, as I’m making progress.

    You know, what’s funny is that years ago, I would have probably felt more peace. I know I brought it up, but I don’t know that peace is an ultimate goal here; besides its ebbing and flowing, it tends to arrive after we’ve mastered a particular phase in our lives…. and it’s only later that we find out that that peace was conditional and not everlasting, as we now have a new dimension of human existence to master. Or maybe I’m just a tortured, driven soul :)

    Main positive: I’ve messed up a lot in life, but I’ve tried to learn each time, and feel like I’m on an acceptable trajectory with the important stuff.

    Main negative: I would regret not actively building a deeper emotional connections with people, particularly those close to me. I certainly have those connections now, but they’re not as strong as they should be. I don’t want to be too hard on myself, as I actually have some great relationships, but there’s a certain level of emotional candor that I could bring to the table more often.

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  13. Bryan says:

    If the world came to an end today i would accept it. We don’t know what or how our end will come but i made it a policy to live my life so that when my end arrives I treat it like a chance to sleep after a long day or to greet it as I would an old friend. I don’t think I need to be happy or sad and while others might be sad of my loss i know they would go on without me. by no means do i intend to shorten my life, i’d live my life as well as I can. However Death is rarely the end, just a transition

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  14. shyla says:

    If the world came to an end today, I would be terribly upset. Today my career and my relationship are both at a stand still. I am exhausted of working 2-3 part-time jobs, trying to get into my career field, pleasing my bf and my family. It feels like nothing I do is enough and that I can’t be happy, successful and healthy without giving up financial security or my relationship. The world is a tough place. Having a positive attitude all the time is very difficult and life overall is much more challenging than I anticipated.

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  15. Iva says:

    If I knew that the world is going to end today, I would have mixed emotions. First, I would feel devastated. I would be frightened of losing everything I have, especially my family & friends. I would be disappointed that I couldn’t live enough to fulfill my dreams. Then, I would think about my life so far, and feel satisfaction of having lived my life as best as I could, and accept the reality with grace.

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