What if you were told you had one week to live?
I saw this amazing video from Tony Robbins which asked that very question…
I have always been fascinated with death. Not in a morbid way. In a liberating way. As Steve Jobs famously said in this amazing Commencenment Speech at Stanford University…
I do think about my own death daily. I hope it doesn’t come for a very, very long time. But I have no control over when it does finally come. But there is no doubt it will happen. For all of us.
And so, every single day that I wake is a great day. I give gratitude for this every morning, first thing when I awake. And throughout my day, I literally think that if this is the last time I see this person, or see that beautiful sky, or eat that delicious meal — what if it’s the last thing I do on this earth? And it helps me stay in a perpetual happy, appreciative and mindful state.
As part of this practice, I also have made it a point to tell everyone I know how I feel about them. And to help as many people as I can with their own suffering. For what if my death does come suddenly? Well if that’s the case, I don’t have any doubt that my friends and loved ones know how much they meant to me and that I did try and make a difference in people’s lives.
I have learned to let go of all past grievances and also taught myself how to rise up over the petty conflicts that most relationships and interactions bring. I have learned how to see the good in everyone and everything. It’s also become so clear to me as well that the pursuit of the material is nothing but a distraction in this life as you can’t take any of that stuff with you when you leave this life. The material does nothing but create distance between people and connections.
Knowing this life will end one day, I take all of the risks in personal development and professional life, I do all the things I have ever wanted to do and make the time for the things that are important to me as well. Knowing that I may never get to that “one day I will do XYZ when I get some time”, I do it all now! I don’t wait for “that” day to come.
I also envision my funeral. What will people say about me? My desire is that they say I was kind, helpful and present. And that I told them how much they meant to me. Again, knowing that one day there will be a funeral gives me the clarity of how I want to be remembered.
My wish for you is that you, too, come to appreciate each day as a gift. That you do not waste another minute and say the things you want to say, be the person you want to be and live the life you always wanted — TODAY.
So, if you had one week to live…
Who would you call and what would you say to them?
What truths would you tell?
What secrets that are buried deep inside would you reveal?
What would you do with your time?
What grievances would you let go of?
Where would you want to go? Who/what would you want to see?
My hope for you is that you start doing those things, NOW! You never know if tomorrow will come, so why not start living the life you always wanted TODAY!