I just watched a documentary on Warren Zevon. For those that don’t know Warren was a fabulous poet, songwriter and musician. Most of his songs were on the dark side, a little quirky and probably not palatable to everyone. His most notable song would probably be “Werewolves of London.” He was diagnosed with lung cancer and given three months to live back in October of 2002, but he lived until September of 2003.

What Warren Zevon thought about Jesus Christ is unclear to me, but there was something very moving about watching how he spent the last months of his life. Immediately after receiving the news of his diagnosis, and the amount of time he had left, he started writing. He wanted to spend the time he had left recording music. The documentary covered the last few months of his life and what his thoughts were as he faced the inevitable.

When David Letterman found out about his diagnosis he and his side kick Paul Schaffer, long time friends of Warren, arranged for him to be on the show. David asked him “Given your situation, do you know more about life and death now than I do?” Warren thought for a minute and said, “Enjoy every sandwich.” What a profoundly simple thing to say but so true. None of us know how much time we have, and I would hate to spend it with unforgiveness or bitterness toward someone. Oh, if we could just have the focused outlook that comes with knowing our own mortality.

As I watched the documentary I couldn’t help but feel totally drawn in. Warren essentially spent the last months of his life writing and recording what would become his final album. He had several of his friends to participate including Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen and Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmidt of the Eagles. To watch them hug him and speak with him, knowing it was probably the last time they would see him, was truly remarkable. We never know how much time any of us have left let’s use it wisely.

Here are a few things on my list but not necessarily in this order.

Let others know about the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

Tell people you love them.

Forgive others.

Give people the benefit of the doubt.

Don’t spend too much time at work.

Don’t be in too much of a hurry.

Enjoy every sandwich.

Written by Louie


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