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. Aparna says:

    Well, it would be a mixed feeling for me. I do not wish to see my family end before me.

    At the same time, I would be happy to be around with the people I love at the end of the world.
    Also, I believe that there is life after death. So, I would not be too sad to give up this life.

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  2. A. Sendijja says:

    I do understand and believe that we as human beings, have no part to play if God decided to end the world today. However much we could want a different decision. However if the world was to end today
    i think i will feel very sad because i think there is still a lot in me to offer to the world as i feel that i have not even scratched a sizable bit from the potential i feel i have, to make the world a better place, and for me to grow into a better human being. But since God knows better than us all, i will trust and honor His judgement as our creator who knows what is best for me. I will miss the enjoyment i get from the daily road of growth or call it life itself as every day displays a different surprise that make me grow and stretch to become the best i was intended to be. On the other hand, there are people who are going through agonizing pain right now and and theirs is a daily struggle to live. For them, i think i would be glad that the end of the world would mean the end of pain to them, but i would be so happy if God was to just ease their pain by a cure.

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  3. pinky says:

    I don’t really know how i would feel, there is so much that i still want to do with my life but at the same time i have already done so much. I have had the joy of experiencing pregnancy and child birth, and i have done this all on my own with no support from the father if my child, its been tough but its made me stronger as a person and a mother. I’ve met and fallen in love with the most amazing man who loves me and my daughter endlessly.

    i still want to get married and have more babies, have a home and not just a house, have a job i don’t hate and just be happy with life,so i guess i really don’t know how i would feel, but at the same time I’m already blessed to already have what i have of which most people struggle to get…… :rolleyes:

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  4. Viole says:

    This thought, although has crossed my mind before, was never deeply impressed in me enough. Perhaps the emotion I would feel most would be a sense of regret.

    First thought that came to me was to ‘just let it pass, there is nothing i could do anyway’. Next came ‘why am i sitting here wasting my time?’.

    Now, emotions are rising.
    I have the urge to call my parents now.
    Then my loved ones.

    And work? Who cares?
    Passion? I need my 10,000hours.

    Sometimes, it’s just settling for the best, for yourself.

    I’m calling my parents now

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    • Raven says:

      I like the honesty and flow of your post. I coudn’t agree more. It does create a sense of apathy and urgency at the same time. And I like that you called your parents. If that is something you would have the urge to do knowing that it is the last day of the world, than you should do it. And maybe do it more often so that if the world did end it wouldn’t feel so urgent because they know how you feel and there are no words unsaid.

      Thank you for sharing,
      Raven :heart:

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      • Viole says:

        Hi Raven

        Thanks for your comment. I did call my parents after posting and we had so much to catch up that we continued the today… I should move from being impassive to flowing with life, then I will not live a wasted life.

        Have a nice day.

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  5. Barry says:

    If the world came to an end today how would I feel?

    Well, if I have foreknowledge of the end and time to feel and contemplate prior to the end – in that time I would have many mixed emotions.

    I would feel sad for the young that did not have much time to get to know life on earth and appreciate it,

    I would be melancholy in general for a while – sort of pre-mourning the loss of all that is good here.

    I may feel some regrets from not spending enough quality time with some of my family.

    I would feel love and appreciation.

    If I had no foreknowledge, and BOOM, it was over -

    well I hope that I would feel wonderfully blissful – in heaven.

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  6. ninschubur says:

    If the world came to an end today, I woule feel sad, because I started living just 2 years ago and I feel like I am at the beginning of a great life. Sad because there is so much more to live, to experience and love. Beside this, I would be calm and peaceful because of the great things I already put into my life. My life was wonderful and all the days I spent on earth and all the experienced I made (positive and negative) were worth it. I met wonderful people, made amazing journeys and learned a lot of life and spirituality. The world´s end is not the end of us all. It´s the beginning of something new and I´m looking forwand to sseing these new things :)

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  7. Lottie says:

    Of course, I have no idea how I would really feel if I knew this was about to happen, but what I hope I would do is to check in with as many people I know (and don’t know) as humanly possible to let them know how truly loved and appreciated they are. I would gather together with as many of my immediate family members and friends (and my cat) as I could and hug and cuddle and reassure them and we would talk about the next huge adventure that we are all about to embark upon together. We could sing and laugh and love and pray together and give thanks for the lives we have had.

    I have just, this minute, found out that the inspirational writer, Gill Edwards, has sadly died. She had such a beneficial effect on so many people and will be greatly missed. Pondering your question today, Celestine, combined with Gill’s death, has reminded me that I want to live my own life in the very best, most loving and present way I can. Thank you both.

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  8. Dora says:

    scared and wish i was around my family & loved ones

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  9. Arnold Tse says:

    Steve Jobs used to look into the mirror every morning and ask himself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”

    Most of the time, my answer to that question would be “no, because I’d rather not spend the last day of my life at school”. Even so, I do enjoy my life, and most the things that I do every day. I wouldn’t regret spending my time on the things that I’ve done.

    Still, I would feel disappointed if the world came to an end today. I would be bereft of many experiences that I had been looking forward to, such as growing up, moving away from home, and getting married. These are some of the things that I think anybody who has ever lived should have the chance to experience, and I would feel cheated if the world ended while I was still a teenager.

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  10. raluca says:

    it’s funny that i was thinking about this just last night and i said i would be :dance: because i believe that life after death is peaceful, wonderful. :angel: but i don’t know for sure what it’s going to look like. it’s the fear i might miss something important that worries me, the fear of the unknown. i also tend to get happy when very big events happen, i don’t know why, even if they’re good or bad. i may be :( i didn’t have time to accomplish anything yet in this world. maybe i would suddenly feel so desperate to see more stuff, to know this world better. i would be sorry i didn’t know as many people as i would have liked to. i would feel guilty i was so selfish, lazy and introverted and didn’t feel the joy of being part of the world. i would feel melancholic about how everything vanishes and there’s nothing i can do about it, it’s all in the hands of God. i would stay with my family and i would start laughing to defuse the tension. what a big joke life is :lol:

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  11. Mel says:

    “Heeeey, that’s not fair! Now that I have survived all this crap in my life and have started to LIVE, you’re taking it all away? :(“

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  12. Charles says:

    What is the intent of this question? I prefer to journal on topics such as …..

    What kind of work is most challenging to me?
    What sort of qualities do I look for in a friend?
    Why do I find it hard to concentrate at work?
    How can I add more happiness to my life?

    Sorry… but I can’t get excited by this question.

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    • Raven says:

      I struggled with this question also. I read it and actually said out loud, “Really?? Are you kidding me??”
      I’m quite certain this type of question is to help people to discover what they should be doing with their lives or paying more attention to. For example, If you answered you would be sad because you would want to tell your family that you love them, then the lesson here is go and tell them that you love them!! Or if you answered you would regret not going to college or not doing more or traveling than the lesson you might learn from that is, GO to college!! Go and travel!!
      This is just my interpretation of what the basic objective behind this question would be.
      Just to always do now and do today what is most important to you because we are not guaranteed a tomorrow.

      I could be wrong in my interpretation but I understand how you might feel this question is not in the same vein as the type of journaling you were desiring or expecting. :)
      Raven :heart:

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  13. Ivona says:

    If world came to an end today, I would regret, but just for a moment. I would regret not doing more, not daring more and not following my own instincts more. I would regret not being more open to the world. But I would feel that regret just for a second, no time to be regretting on the last day!
    Then I would do something to feel as alive as I can – I would start running to feel the sweat and my heart beat. I would next send a mass e-email, or SMS or something, thanking people for the magnificent ride – doesn’t matter who sees it and who doesn’t, I just need to express it. Then I would like to have a group gathering with friends and we would reminisce about the best times we had, and I would have some time alone with my best friend to tell her how much I appreciate her…. If I was in love, I would spend some time with my boyfriend, to feel loved and also…to feel physically alive one more time, if you know what I mean.
    I would then take some time just to myself. To quickly relive my life, in my head and to just…make some kind of conclusion, have my questions answered and make some kind of a happy ending. To smile at my reflection in the mirror, to hug myself and feel self love, and perfect peace, calmness and happiness.
    I would spend the last hours with my family. My mother, father and grandparents, outdoors. They are the people who brought me into this world and people who make me feel safest and who love me the most. I would definitely spend last hours with them. Phones tossed away.


    This question made me realize truly important things. It was probably, most meaningful in this challenge to me.

    And btw, having my answer to yesterdays question mentioned above made me happy! :)

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  14. Amal says:

    Well if that kind of a situation arises then definitely I would be sad. I want to spend more time with my parents. Its a long time since I am finding myself at home again and i want to enjoy life to the fullest with my parents and my friends. Nothing in this world will really bring the happiness that I experience being with my parents.

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  15. Raven says:

    I guess I would be a little sad but also relieved.

    I try to spend time with my loved ones as much as possible now and try to remember to always tell them how much I love them now in case there is no later so I wouldn’t be wishing for more time. You should make everyday end without regrets or unsaid words in case there is no tomorrow.
    I might be a bit disappointed I didn’t get to learn more or experience more but I already know that I cannot learn all I wish to know or travel and see all the amazing things this world has to offer in the length of my lifetime nautrally so I do regret what is undone, I try to treasure and value what I have done and learned instead.

    I say I would be a bit relieved because my health is a daily battle to be the victor in my own life and most of my family often suffers from much chronic pain, as do many people in the world. I would never take my own life or wish any of them to be dead rather than alive as they are health wise now, but if it were the end of the world they would finally know a place where there is no pain. Where there is no poverty, no politics, no war or violent unspeakable acts that occur everyday. I still have hope and faith in humanity as a whole but there is so much of our world, our cultures and technologies that could use a wiping out. A clean slate. This is not as much a solution to our current problems but yet a blessed release from them.

    I don’t think I would want another chance at life either. Even with all the painful situations, mistakes and poor physical shell of a body I have in this life, I would rather have this life and have it end today with the world than chance having a life where I haven’t learned the life lessons that I have painfully learned. Or risk having another chance at life and not have my love and only mate not be a part of it. I would rather sign off today with what I have than risk any of that be missing in a second chance at tomorrow. :)

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