40 Questions We’re Afraid to Ask – #1
If today were the last day of my life . . .
While pulling together ideas and contents for my last post on the questions we ask, I came across a fascinating blog by Mark and Angel Chernoff and a post they had written entitled “40 Questions We’re Afraid to Ask“. In reading through these questions I thought it would be worthwhile to explore each one from a first-person perspective over the next forty days as a way of helping each of us (myself included) gain a deeper understanding into why it is we do (or don’t do) some of the things we do (or don’t do).
After all, the idea of forty days of personal and spiritual reflection does seem to have some historical precedent. Don’t worry . . . I’m not going to suggest you pack up and head off to the wilderness.
The first question is one we’ve all likely pondered at one time or another, but probably in the form of considering what we might do under the circumstances . We might re-frame this just slightly, however, and ask . . .
If today were the last day of my life,
would I want to do what I’m doing today?
This puts a slightly different perspective on that question, does it not? The truth is none of us, under normal circumstances, ever knows when our final day may arrive. So it may be well worth spending some time each day on this question. Is what I’m doing today or planning to do today what I would choose to do if I knew this was my very last day on Earth?
If not, what would that be? Chew on that one for a while. See if it makes a difference in how you approach today.