We've all heard it before, "Live as if today was your last day." Its good advice but has become a cliche. Maybe for a moment, we consider how we might live differently if we knew death was imminent. But most of us, quickly fall back into the routine of the day.
This is unfortunate. The truth is, our time is limited, our moments precious. Today could be my last day. How could I allow that to practically change the way I live?
I'm a fan of journaling. Writing out my thoughts helps me make sense of all the noise between my ears. I find insights, discover buried emotions, and solve problems as I put pen to page. Its the swiss army knife of self care.
Regarding "mortality awareness": consciously facing my death in a way that brings more meaning to life, I've found the following journaling exercise helpful.
I'll ask myself, "If you were to die tonight how would you have wanted to live the preceding 12 hours?"
I asked myself that this morning, here's an portion of my response:
That was my answer to the question, "If you were to die tonight how would you have wanted to live the preceding 12 hours?" It changed the way I lived that day.
What would your answer be? Taking a moment to figure that out just might change the way you live today.
In a clients initial session I'll invite them to tell me when I'm wrong.