Two Minute Drill: Consider Your Mortality
What’s up Kaizenovators, happy Tuesday Two Minute Drill. Today’s topic of conversation is being aware of and considering our mortality. I’m here in Washington, DC, right in front of the congressional cemetery. Lots of famous folks are buried here, like John Philip Sousa the composer, Cokie Roberts the journalist, as well as J.Edgar Hoover, the director of the FBI for many years, also buried here, vice president Supreme court justice and other members of Congress who are laid to rest.
Am I making the most of my time here on earth?
The reason why I’m here today, and the reason why we’re talking about being aware of and considering our mortality is because last weekend at FCA national, I taught a few courses. As part of those courses, I was teaching how to develop a stoic mindset. A stoic mindset can help us get through life in a way that’s much more productive and positive than if we don’t develop some of these skills.
One way to develop a stoic mindset is to consider and be aware of our mortality. This is really relevant because last week, one of my very best friends, Larry, who was also a guest on a TMD not too long ago, lost one of his friends who were 51 years old and died of a stroke. One day he’s alive. The next day he has a stroke and the next day the family decides to take him off of life support. Life is fragile!
I want you to ask yourself a really important question. Am I making the most of my time here on earth? We all know what’s limited. We all know the clock is ticking and we don’t know exactly when that clock stops to run. I want you to ask yourself, am I making the most of my time here? And if you’re not making the most of your time here, what must be true in order to change that starting today? I know it sounds cliche, and I know you’ve heard it before, but I really want you to think about this question, answer it, and take the steps to make the most of your life.
Do what you can to be safe, do what you can to be healthy, and make the most of your time with yourself, your friends and your family.
That’s this week’s Two Minute Drill. Love you all. Have a great week.