You’ve surely encountered the advice, “Live each day as if it were your last.”
Frankly, I’ve always found this instruction difficult to compute. The stress of choice under the looming sword of Damocles. The danger of carelessness. God/Fate/your-favorite-higher-power wiggling the almighty finger: you better do it right, or else!
Today I’ve read an alternative version in Mark Matousek‘s wonderful book “When you’re falling, dive – Lessons in the Art of Living”:
[I want to] live my life in such a way that I wouldn’t have to stop or change what I was doing – or being – if I was going to die tonight. (1)
Oh yes. Now it computes. :-)
And it’s worth taking time to reflect upon.
(1) quote by Jim Curtan