Dead, Dead, Dead, Dead....Lines
The Thursday Thesis - 18/01/2018
It’s Friday – my blog post is a whole day late – Shame on me!
Hmmmm...It’s not like me to run blow a deadline: I’m normally pretty good at that kind of thing.
So what gives?
Truth is that I settled down to do a ton of office work Wednesday night and – you know how it is – lost track of time. Before I knew it the sky was getting light.
“I’ll just do this one last thing....”
Then it was after 9am – definitely time for bed.
So I missed my deadline for Thursday posting to the blog, and I’ve been thinking about deadlines for a fair bit of the day: what they are and what we think they are, and how we all can use them to get a little more juice out of life.
A deadline is a target for completion of something - no surprises there. But what makes deadlines so powerful for us is the limitation of time itself. If we have forever to get things done, that’s usually how long it will take, right?
We will – of course – do double tomorrow, but today’s slice of Elephant Sandwich is left untouched to grow dry, mouldy, and curled-up at its edges.
We’ll eat it tomorrow...
Now here’s the best bit: you’re going to die.
Yep. You, me and everybody else is dying right now. We are mortal, and mortality is the greatest gift mankind ever received.
Death, in and of itself, is the endpoint of your project, the blinking-out of your existence. It is neither good nor bad: it is merely an ending.
Acknowledging the inevitability of death is the supreme focuser.
Wise people regard the future and its end with a steady eye, unblinking and ready. They will have lived to the fullest a life of their own choosing, worked like billy-oh to bring their dreams to life, conscious that every day is a day closer to leaving it all unffinished.
Death is the greatest driver of Progress because people with passion and vision fear that their vision will never be realised before the last tick's echoes fade into silence.
The clock is always ticking.
And for some people the end of their life will arrive unexpectedly, leaving them with no time to learn to play the guitar, write that book, call that friend, say the words...
There’s a deadline on everything, and it’s foolish to ignore that inconvenient truth, because it ain’t going away.
So, before we all meet the deadlines of our demise, let’s set a deadline on living, chasing our dreams, daring to grow, reach, stretch, learn.
Today - before midnight Friday chimes and my day-late blog gets a day older - do something to begin to live the life you really want.
My friend, you and I have a deadline to meet
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