Bernadette was falling asleep in her chair, and when an insurance agent called on her to discuss her plan she said, “You aren’t my normal life insurance agent.”
He explained, “I regret to say that he died. I was asked to make sure that your wishes were carried out. My name is Alan.”
Bernadette said, “I thought insurance agents just took your money and gave it to your kids after you checked out.”
He told her, “The truth is that people only do what’s expected of them until it comes down to the wire. Then they say, “Hold on, there’s a hundred things I didn’t think about.” For instance, if I said you had one more day, what would you do?”
She admitted, “I don’t think one day would be enough.”
Alan said, “I have a small confession. Your ailing agent turned your case over to me because he could see that you wouldn’t be here much longer.”
She scolded him, “That’s a small confession? I’m asleep, right? Maybe I’ll put my life in order when I wake up.”
Alan replied, “Actually, dreaming is your natural state. When you wake up you’ll know that this could your last day, and it will probably be your busiest.”
Bernadette made a list, and Alan said when he returned, “You handled that so well that you’ve been given one more day. It won’t be as busy because you’ve done the important things. You might even have time to prepare the person who’ll inherit your energy.”
She asked, “Are you saying that each new day will be my last until I’ve done all I can, or that I’m ready to start living because of preparing to die? Hang on a minute; what was that about leaving my energy to somebody?”
Alan confided, “I wasn’t allowed to mention this before, but you can choose the person who’ll inherit your living energy. That’s the kind that changes things.”
Bernadette laughed with joy. “Wow… How much time do I have to decide that?”
He replied, “Think about who needs it most, or who would best use it.”
That was a hard decision. But after listing those who needed it most, Bernadette decided that her living energy should go to a lively great-grandson who could change the world.
Then she realized that her energy was being replenished because of her new insurance plan.