A friend died today. Massive heart attack. No chance. Done.
And that got me thinking about “last days.” If today was your last day, what would you have done? How would you have spent your time? I’ve seen this question asked before as a scenario but times like now are an urgent reminder that it’s not just a scenario.
Life isn’t a practice game.
And this urgent reminder is the gift that my friend Merlin, and his passing, has given to me. To you. To all of us.
He’s reaching out and telling us (firmly as he would have done) that we’d better get our ass in gear and start doing the things that really matter. We’d better quit spending our day shoveling gravel and start moving some of those big rocks.
Today, did you do anything that you would have done had it been your last day? Anything at all? Big or small? Did you spend time with someone you love or do something you’ve been putting off for way too long. Did you connect with your passion or purpose or make a difference for you or someone else or the planet? Even a little bit?
If you treat everyday as your last, one day, you won’t be disappointed. In the meantime, you get to live the life you want and live without regrets.
And to be reminded of this in such a poignant way is a hell of a gift.
Let’s not waste it.