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The Last Day of Your Life

I have no desire in checking out of this life any earlier than I have to.
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The Last Day of Your Life

If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” – Steve Jobs

Chances are, with 20,000,000+ views, you’ve already seen Steve Jobs 2005 commencement address at Stanford University. But even if you have, now that you know how his story ended, you might want to watch this again through the filter of:

If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?

Like you, I have no desire in checking out of this life any earlier than I have to. And having listened again to what Steve shares, always knowing that eventually I too will have an end-date, I made a decision early this morning. I am going to keep Steve’s question in the forefront of all of my thinking from this moment forward.

I’m adopting that question as my North Star.

And to make sure I do, it’s going to be my next tattoo. My final tattoo.

My first tattoo, on the inside of my left forearm, was inspired by my biggest takeaway from ‘The Biggest Loser’: “What you’re for strengthens you.”

This was my twist on Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s quote: “Everything you are against weakens you. Everything you are for empowers you.

I settled on my version of the quote both because my wife Kim suggested it, and I’m a very positive person. I had no interest in permanently tattooing the words #against or #weakens on my body.

It’s not a big, bold, brash tattoo. It’s just some small type that’s permanently by my side, to help instantly get my heart and head in the right place if I start to allow my thinking to veer off course from living life fully.

This second tattoo, my last tattoo, will be just as subtle. But I expect it will be even more powerful as it will cause me to live life more deliberately, more purposefully, and more in a continual state of contribution and giving.

It will be another permanently etched “mental message” on the inside of my right forearm, always available to remind me to live what I have declared I want.

To live the rest of my life as the best of my life.

Maybe it’s just me, and maybe it’s just how Steve’s commencement address spoke to me this morning. But the takeaway I got from it was a better North Star with which to chart the rest of my life in each moment, and in each day.

If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?

I’m done.

Well at least with getting tattoos.

With life, I’ve just begun. That is how I see each day.

I always knew that eventually I would bookend my first tattoo with a second and last tattoo. And now, I know what I want it to say.

Next step, the tattoo. Stay tuned.

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