I was recently listening to a Tim Ferris podcast interview with author Jim Collins that was filled with nuggets of wisdom. Toward the end of the nearly three-hour conversation, Jim recalled a college class in which his professor, Rochelle Meyers, asked students:
“If you woke up tomorrow morning and you discovered you had only 10 years to live, what would you stop doing?” (Journal your response in Reflection.app →).
This question stuck with me. I have a tendency, especially around New Years, to think a lot about the things I want to do. But I reflect less frequently on the things I would like to stop doing — especially on a 10-year scale.
While many of us hope, plan, and live as if we have longer than 10 years left, the scary truth is that none of us know that for certain. The fragility of our lives is a reality that COVID-19 has brought to the forefront for many of us.
The only way to make time for what you want and need, is to let go of things that no longer serve you.
What will you stop doing this year so you can live your life to its fullest?
To living every year with intention,
P.S. Another nugget from this conversation that stuck with me was the response Jim received after sending an unprompted letter of gratitude and admiration to Fred Hargadon, the former Dean of Admissions at Stanford University. Hargadon’s words left a lasting impression on Collins, and on me. And perhaps they will on you as well. He wrote:
“The most treasured gifts in the world are kind words spontaneously tendered.”
I don’t have many resolutions for 2021, but inspired by this, I do hope to share more unprompted words of kindness with those that have made an impact on me.
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