"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life."
Steve Jobs looked in the mirror every morning and asked himself the same question:
"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."
Some might say it's morbid. We'd rather look at as a way to stay awake and alive in a world that is happy to have us asleep at the switch.
"No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it..
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
Treat today like it like it was your last. It doesn't have to be anything extreme: that coffee you're about to have: savor it. The hug with your partner or friend: hold them a little closer. That idea you have at work: speak up and share it. That person you appreciate: tell them. That feeling in your gut, your intuition: act on it. That grudge you're silently holding: forgive them.
If you can keep this in mind day by day, listening to your intuition, and leaving it all on the table, it won't matter when your time to go is. Don't wait to live.
Put this track on, take a few minutes to let it all sink in, and then get after the day.
-Photo credit: Wendy Shepherd