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. Ellen says:

    Cheated! I am definitely not ready for the world (or just me) to end!
    There are so many things I still want to experience, see and do:
    I want to see my children grow up and become adults, I want to figure out my carrier path, I want to live my full potential (and know that I am still holding back), I want to learn and grow more, I want to love more and deeper, I want to become an even better wife, I want to….
    Basically I want to live and grow old and experience all the different stages in life.

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    • I can see this easily, feeling cheated because we have so much to accomplish in life. I too am holding back from my full potential. Now if we can just figure out a way to move forward at breakneck speed (well maybe not that fast :) ) and begin to reach our dreams….

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  2. That would depend on HOW the world comes to an end. If violence were involved, I would be scared. I wouldn’t want my loved ones dying violently… I do not like the thought of pain and suffering.

    If it was a peaceful end, I would feel at ease as long as my daughters were near. I would likely be wondering about what was coming next, in the afterworld.

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  3. Andreea says:

    Oh I’m so not ready for this. I’ve only just begun! There are so many things I want to experiment, so much love to give, so many people to know, so many mysteries to solve, so many things to learn and share… I’m not ready for an ending. So I pray to God to keep me here long enough so I can make up for all my sins and help everyone I’ve hurt and forgive and be forgiven.
    I think living each day as if it were our last one is indeed a stairway to heaven. It keeps us humble and focused of the essential things. It makes us truly appreciate life and never waste this precious gift again. Death can be a helpful reminder. Today’s question is a helpful reminder :) Thanks, Celes!

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  4. Stella Zorro says:

    Funny…I had a very vivid dream of this last night.

    It must sound awful…but I think I would feel relief – if it were to just spontaneously end abruptly. Poof! Gone! The same for all. Powerless to change it. I feel there are many much worse things that could happen.

    I know…very negative…but honest.

    I don’t believe it is possible for the world to end. The world has survived incredible things and gone on already…I don’t see that changing.

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    • I don’t think that is terrible or negative at all. I think it is very perceptive. This world has so much pain in it that there are times that the end would be a relief to some. I agree with you that I don’t think the world will end, not as long as hope still exists.

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  5. That would depend upon so many things. Where am I left? Am I in Heaven? Am I in Hell? Am I left to console those who have lost everything and everyone? There is no one distinct answer but I can answer each thought….were I in Heaven I would feel joy, united with so many, meeting some that I have never been able to meet before. Were I in Hell I would feel that it is poetic justice of some sort. Left to console those who have lost everything and everyone, I think I would feel a combination of usefulness and uselessness because regardless of what I attempt there is no consoling to be done. I can offer a shoulder but I would have no answers for “what now?”, I would simply exist to rebuild the world with all hopes that cruelty would not be a part of the new world.

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  6. Miles says:

    If the world came to an end today…
    I would look back at the life I had,
    Appreciate the chances that life gave me
    being that I am very young and I have had opportunities
    that many people get exposed to quite late in life or if not never.
    I would have wanted to establish a better family relationship that
    am still working on now,
    I would have had longed to see what my own family: child and husband would
    have been like and the kind of a mother I would be.
    I would then accept the much I have done and for what I have not done
    Appreciate the far I have come.

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  7. nicole says:

    I will be sad of course, but this is a helpful reminder because all our lives will end one day, and life as we know it will disappear.

    I will be sad because I feel like I’ve so much more to experience in life… I’ve found my passion, and am pursuing it part-time so $$$ can still come in. I havent launched into it fully yet. I want to get married, have a child or two, strengthen my relationships with my ageing parents, aunts, siblings, family and friends.

    I will also be sad because I spend more time doing what is ‘necessary’ more than what i like to do… more than the things that make me happy. That’s the Long term and short-term clashing… stuff i do now i do for the long-term. That’s why I reflect and not immediately rush into things.

    But ultimately I know that I’ve led my life with my conscience clear, trying to do it the best way I know how at each stage of my life.

    Will start having more compassion and show kindness to everyone, live a life of love as far as possible… staying optimistic and cheerful :) Also be more mindful and aware of how I live each day :)

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  8. Netta says:

    I would be saddened at the thoughts of what else could have been. However, that’s normal in life too. Someone passes away, and thoughts are spent on what could have been, what should have been, and you’re left with the ‘what ifs’ in life.
    I turned 35 years old yesterday. Looking back over my life, I have had amazing experiences and I have had tragic experiences as well. I would like to think if this world ends, there is another life beyond this one. I would hope I am right about this and maybe after all I have experienced in 35 years will only help me in the next life.

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  9. Chris says:

    Some may find this shocking, but I’d be quite indifferent. The human race did not exist in the beginning of time, nor shall it exist forever, and most of its strivings have no meaning outside of the domain of human affairs. And nothing has any meaning save that which we humans give it.

    A part of me, though, feels like it would survive the world coming to an end, and would feel sad not to be able to have extra experience. I may miss loved ones, and I may miss the opportunity to be able to experience other things such as what I perceive “success” to be, but then maybe after the world came to an end another one would begin.

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  10. Dliraj says:

    If today is the end of the world, I would stop and don’t do anything. It’s already late to act!
    I would think about time passed away. I would recall all great moments lived, people important to me and lessons learned during my life. I would feel grateful for happiness felt so far but I will see myself a young embryonic being who didn’t group up to reach the sky. I definitely would be sad about this.
    I am afraid to admit that I would be more sad than happy cause it means to me that I am not making the best of my time. But hell yes! I would be sad and would ask for another chance in which I could have the wisdom and lessons learned in this life. I would for sure make a better use of time and have a better life.
    I would feel sad of losing a great chance, the chance to be alive and feel the miracle of life given to me. I would feel so immature, short-sighted and not developed being. I would lose lots of life not lived so far!

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  11. Ish says:

    I would probably feel sad and a little frustrated. I would be frustrated because of all the things I have still not experienced, not yet achieved. I would specially feel sad for my children, who have yet to grow up and experience adulthood and achieve their best life.

    I would also be grateful for all I’ve had and experienced during my life. I would call people I care about and tell them how much they mean to me. Finally, I would spend the day with my close ones, doing simple things that makes us happy.

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  12. Emerita says:

    Sad and regretful because I have been waiting for things to happen and I know they will. I would beg for a little more time.

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  13. heather says:

    I would feel like I didn’t get to a chance to do everything that I was supposed to do. I believe we all have a purpose in life. I would regret not taking life by the horns and getting on with it. It would also make me sad that my children wouldn’t get to play out their dreams and lives. I would also be sad to see that our world would have to end in the state that we are in. Too many people are homeless and hungry. I wish that I could do something about that.

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  14. ilianaki94 says:

    I would definitely want more time, I haven’t had enough experiences

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  15. Elezhara says:

    I would feel really sad… I don´t want the world to end (and I´m glad is not really ending today!). There are so many things out there that I still haven´t done, so many people to meet, so many experiences to live.
    There might be some hard things in life, things that would make us feel relieved if the world ended because then we wouldn´t have to face them any more. But I want to face those things, I want to live my life no matter how hard it is, that´s the beauty of it. For me, those little problems are what make life interesting, they give you something to fight for. Obstacles are there to show you how much you want things, they let you discover the real you.
    Would I have done things differently? I don´t know, maybe, maybe not. I lived my life the best I could and I don´t regret anything.
    I like this world, I like sunsets, the smell of grass on a rainy day, the blue sky, the feeling of the sun on my skin, the smiles and laughs, the looks… I don´t want those beautiful things to fade away.

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