When I’m speaking onstage, I’ll often use a PowerPoint slide of an old movie still of a woman on her deathbed. She says, “Okay, I only have a few more minutes, so let’s review the budget for the next fiscal year…” Everybody always laughs at it because what kind of a nut-pot would think of something so meaningless on his or her deathbed? Yet we sacrifice so many days in our young, healthy years obsessing about things that, in the end, won’t matter at all. Are you spending your time on what matters most? Are you choosing clarity for life balance?
If not, reset.
Of course, we all have certain obligations that we have to fulfill in order to live the lives we want to live. But these are secondary to what is really important in life. You can enjoy your work, you can enjoy your possessions, but look at your life by looking at your day. When you reach the end of the day, ask yourself if there was any newness to it, any learning, any love, any energy, any movement.
So many people don’t get that clarity until it’s too late to do anything about it. You can decide to have that awareness right now.