It’s the Journey, Not the Destination, or Is It the Other Way Around?



YOLO. You Only Live Once. I learned the meaning of that acronym from M, a high school friend. M travels around the world, climbs mountains, skydives, scuba dives, bikes, and indulges in other adventures. “YOLO?” I asked her once when she posted this acronym on Facebook. “You only live once, Marlene.”The acronym is akin to the Latin expression carpe diem, a call to seize the day, to use an opportunity to do something that you want and not to worry about the future. Others find inspiration from the acronym to conquer one’s fear and step into an adventure. But others criticize it because it’s used as a rationale for impulsive or reckless behavior.

Whether you’re reckless or not, YOLO is still true for you. You only live once. It’s true for all of us. And so is YODO. YODO? Yes, You Only Die Once. The writer of the Book of Hebrews emphasized this truth: “We die only once, and then we are judged” (Hebrews 9:27CEV). We may have heard about one or two persons who were reportedly resuscitated from death, but the general law is that we don’t come back from the dead to die a second, or even a third time. Yes, we only live once and we only die once, but this should not be a reason for us to live irresponsibly or recklessly. It is not a justification for us to live as if there’s no God and we ignore the truth that He will judge us after we die. Each of us shall give an account of himself before God (Romans 14:12). It is sure, and God will not be unfair.

Travel Tip

Be a responsible traveler. Here's a list of reminders:

  • Drinking alcohol and driving is a deadly combination. Do not drink and drive.
  • Do not take prohibited drugs. Instead, engage in wholesome and legitimate activities that can provide entertainment and intense energy.
  • Be aware of the evils of trafficking (drugs, human) and its criminal liabilities. Do not be involved in any form of trafficking. Report to authorities any occurrence that you may come across as you travel.
  • Respect the locals. Be friendly to them, and whenever possible, patronize their native products.
  • Preserve the beauty and cleanliness of each place you visit. Dispose waste properly. Don’t vandalize.
  • Choose tour operators and business establishments that protect the environment and wildlife, and promote sustainable development.

A devotional entry from Traveler’s Notebook by Marlene Legaspi-Munar

Points to ponder:

Do you subscribe to the idea of YOLO?  How does the thought that you only live once and you only die once affect your choices and decisions? Share us your thoughts in the comment section below.
About the Book

Are you a travel Junkie, someone who regularly or occasionally

travels for business or pleasure, a missionary who traverse continents, a seeker of solitude far from anything familiar, an explorer or anything and everything cultural, or a thrill seeker constantly on the road?

Traveler’s Notebook: Insights from Life’s Journey is for you. A devotional book for the aspiring or seasoned traveler in pursuit of the ultimate journey called LIFE.

Available soon at the 38th Manila International Book Fair on September 13-17, 2017!

About the AuthorMarlene-MunarMarlene Legaspi-Munar derives pleasure from traveling and discovering. Aside from being a contributor to devotionals like Women of Worth: Devotionals for WomenHeirlooms: Timeless Truths for Daughters, and Light for the Writer’s Soul: 100 Devotions by Global Christian Writers. She is also the author of Life in the Middle: The Search for a Satisfying and Significant Midlife.

Visit and like her Facebook author page @AuthorMarleneLegaspiMunar 


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