By Richard Carlson
In the event you had one hour to reside and will make only one mobilephone name, who may you name? What could you assert? Why are you ready? Richard Carlson's surprising, tragic demise in December 2006 left his hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts reeling, yet even their many letters, calls, and emails could not erase the loss felt by means of his spouse, Kristine. to attempt and are available to phrases along with her loss, she pored over 25 years of affection letters, reliving the stories and cherishing her past due husband's reminiscence. yet one letter stood out. Richard had written to his spouse on their 18th marriage ceremony anniversary and tried to respond to the query: in case you had one hour to dwell, what might you do, who might you name, and what may you assert? An Hour to dwell, An Hour to like is a profoundly relocating booklet that exhibits the significance of treasuring on a daily basis because the marvelous present it truly is.
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The problem was, even after nine books and two children, that’s pretty much all I was doing! We were making hardly any money from the books, and I had to work on them in the middle of the night because I was doing other things during the day to pay the bills. “I remember fantasizing about how great it would be not to need any sleep and actually bragging to you and others about getting less than four hours’ rest each night. You said to me, ‘Be careful what you ask for,’ and, boy, were you right.
If I did not continue to feel Richard’s love and to connect with him, deep in my spirit, I would not survive this loss. Of that I am 100 percent certain. Grieving is the ultimate act of love, or, at least, it can be. Love holds all possibilities, and that includes bliss in the face of immeasurable suffering and gain through loss. I am relieved that in this process there are these small treasures, because I don’t think anyone would emerge from this kind of grief if there weren’t. Because of love, there is a beginning in this end.
This process (and it is a process) has been both excruciating and at times, actually, blissful. “Bliss” is not a word generally associated with death, in the minds of anyone I know, including myself. Yet, this is what I have discovered. • 40 • An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love In life, Richard and I shared a remarkable connection, one that does not die with the body. The ﬁrst time we met, it was like coming home. Our love grew, and we grew together as soul mates and partners in every sense of the word.