Quoting from Crossroads Dispatches: If Not On The Day I Die, Then Not Today:
There’s a practice called “Death Meditation” in Tibetan monasteries. …To put it simply, you just wake up in the morning and stay there in bed, lying down, without opening your eyes. And you say to yourself: “I’m going to die tonight. What would be the best thing to do with the rest of my time?”
A little haunting, but not a bad practice. The blogger continues, quoting Steve Jobs from his 2005 Stanford commencement speech:
For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Sure, maybe this is what 43 Things is all about… but as the post I’m citing (go on, go and read it) implies, maybe if you really knew it was down to the end, you’d only have about four things. And they might be surprisingly simple.
How do you spend your days?