“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
Good morning friends! Wow, what a difference a few days can make. Last week seems a world ago; today is a fresh start. What will you make of it?
In the last few years I’ve been introduced to a pretty smart and successful guy, Marshall Goldsmith. Mr. Goldsmith is an international figure of success and a very smart man. He’s worth listening to, for sure. A lesson he likes to use to help people improve is to imagine you are on your death bed, gruesome as it may seem. Imagine you are laying there at some elderly age and still cognizant. And then by some miracle you had the opportunity to speak to a 30 years younger version of you and share one bit of wisdom. What would it be?
Bronnie (that is correct) Ware is an Australian palliative care nurse who has recorded last wishes of many, many people. Did people say, “Invest in Apple.”? “Put all your money on American Pharaoh.”? Or “Don’t touch Enron.”? None of the above. The wishes of dying people were consistent. “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life tru3e to myself, not the life others expected of me. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. I wish I’d stayed in touch with my friends. And I wish I’d let myself be happier.” So again, what advice would you like to give the younger you?
As I see it, we only have this one life lived day by day, moment by moment. I believe fully in progress, goals, success, and the like, but only to that which enhances life in this moment. To wit, do you think you’ll be happier in 10 years if you don’t start practicing now? Do you think your friends will come back to you 20 years from now? Do you think the world will wait for you, hold it’s collective breath, and reward you later? Don’t count on it.
We have this moment, this precious gift of now. Think of the time of now as money; how will you spend it, invest it, or waste it? Some day we will all realize the valuable resource we were all freely given, and mostly wasted, was time. Old you will wish you had told young you, but it will be too late. I’m telling you now. Enjoy now. Live now. Bless and be blessed now. Love now. And if I can help you in any way it will be my blessing. Have a wonderful week.