Simple lifestyle experiment
We are mortal beings with limited resources, limited time. If you lived your life like each day was your last, you wouldn't likely accomplish much. We must plan as if we are going to be here for much more time than we're guaranteed, which isn't more than the moment we have. Death, as Steve Jobs recently expressed, crystallizes the things we want to do with our lives. This lifestyle experiment will dramatically change how you behave for a very short period of time. It may influence the way you conduct your life long term.
What would you do if today was your last day? Think of the list. Write it down. Chances are you would visit friends and family, spend time with those you love, tell people you loved them, give forgiveness for long held grudges, perhaps seek forgiveness. There is a possibility this is your last day. It is as real as any other possibility. Maybe tomorrow, maybe in a week. But, some day you will live your last. Is there any reason not to do those things today? Can you schedule to do those things this week? If you can, seriously consider making them a priority, make that list and do it. This is the "live like today is your last day" experiment.
What would you do if you had a month to live? It's going to be different experience than your last day. But, it does crystalize some planning, preparation, cleaning house. Many people never receive that month's notification. Accidents, silent disease, luck. Write down that plan. Ask yourself, is there any reason not to make those preparations today, or this week? Write it down.
What would you do if you found you had a year to live? That is dramatically different. You still have a year's bills to pay, obligations, events, things you wouldn't miss even if you had a very short time to live. This exercise may take quite a bit more time. But, the chance this is your last year in reality is quite likely. The chances are much higher than this being your last day or last month. It could be your last year. What would you do if you were given a deadline, a finite expectation of life.
When you start thinking of your time as finite, you start thinking reality. It may not be 1, 30, or 365 days. But, your life is limited in days. Would you spend time watching the game, television, surfing the web? Chances are those would be very low importance and family, friends, and faith would skyrocket to the top of your priority list.
Make your lists.