You’re playing a game with Death. He tells you that you have a day left to live. What do you do?
Nickelback’s hit song (If Today Was Your Last Day – shown below) got me thinking about that old success quote the song is titled after. I think many of you would agree the principle carries a lot of truth. You shouldn’t spend time doing something that disinterests you or leads to a monotonous routine.
As I’m sure many of you have realized, there is a slight flaw in this idea. If we lived each day as if it were truly our last day, we probably would skirt some of our important responsibilities. This would not have an immediate impact but would directly affect us in the future. Wouldn’t you skip a test or a few extra hours at work if you knew you had one day left?
Instead, look at each individual day as a game of Russian roulette, except you do not know the odds. The possibility of death is ever present and yet completely intangible. Pause for a moment and reflect on the last two sentences. Isn’t that what life really is? Plan with uncertainty and you will be pushed to make the best decisions for the short and the potential long run.
You’re playing a game with Death. What’s your next move?