A New Way to Press RESET

Categories: Blog Nov 18, 2019

Have you ever considered how you would live or what you would do if today was the last day of your life? Well, you wouldn’t be reading this article, that's for sure! But really, have you ever really thought about it? If you have thought about it, have you ever really tried it? 


I’ve heard this question many times, “How would you live if today was your last day?” I’ve even heard quite a few songs about. But to be honest, I never considered the question or the weight of the question until now. Then upon consideration, I wondered what it would be like if I actually tried it. So, I gave it a go. 


What I found was as long as I was intent on acting as if today were my last day here, I was more aware of my actions and more present in my thoughts. I was also better able to lay aside petty, useless issues my ego wanted to hold onto. I was able to have better conversations, I was able to smile more, and I was able to be truly thankful for, well, everything really. 


My last day was a really good day!  My last day made me a better me. So much so that I did it again and so much so that I want to keep doing it. Think of it, if it’s your last day, why hold on to petty things that don’t mean diddly-squat in the grand scheme of life? You can let go of disagreements. You can say “I'm sorry.” You can hug someone longer. You can eat something that actually taste good in gratitude instead of something that taste “healthy” in guilt. It is completely freeing and life giving. It even helps you to move better and feel better. It’s amazing, really. 


But then, then I started wondering what it would be like if I lived like today was my first day - the first day I was alive, but with my “more mature mind”. What would that day look like? Would I be able to see everything as If I were looking at it for the first time? Would I be able to completely erase my past memories and have no judgment whatsoever about people, places or circumstances? Would my eyes be filled with the wonder and light of a newborn child? Would my face shine brighter in the joy of every new experience? Would I laugh more? Would a play more? Would I rest more? 


So, I’m giving it a go. I’m trying to be “open” to life, people and information. I’m trying to approach things through the innocent eyes of a child. I’m still much more present, much more joyful, and even more hopeful. It’s really amazing. 


But then I wonder, what if today was your first AND last day? Your only day? What would that look like? No past, no tomorrow, just today. Just now. 


I know this seems silly, but I am finding it extremely powerful. It has made such a huge difference in how I process and navigate my day. It has made me a better husband and dad. Maybe even a better partner. I won’t say it has. Only Dani could answer that question. But we will never know as she doesn’t read my articles. 

 (ADDED:**an eyeroll and note from Dani.. who actually is the one who posts his articles for him... I noticed too.**)

Anyway, It feels good to feel good, right? Living as if you were brand new and you had one shot at a perfect day really begins to feel good. No, it feels amazing. It gives clarity on what matters. It gives vision for what is real. It gives purpose to your purpose. If you’ve never considered what it would be like, consider it. Then, if you are willing, do it. AND, if you do it, PLEASE write me back and let me know what you discover. 

Comments (5)

  1. Benjamin:
    Nov 18, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Thanks, great post. I will go ahead and do it for today!


    1. Tim Anderson:
      Nov 20, 2019 at 12:45 AM

      Let me know how it goes!


  2. Frederick A Clary:
    Nov 20, 2019 at 12:16 PM

    One would have to stop listening to and submerging in the ideas of the 'average'


  3. andrew hutchinson:
    Dec 23, 2019 at 03:30 PM

    Funnily enough i've been trying something similar to the last day thing recently (wonderful when you get it but needs that repetition to make it "stick") but not the first day - must give that a try - can't say that pattern to stick as quickly but will give it a go!


  4. andrew hutchinson:
    Dec 23, 2019 at 06:49 PM

    Funnily enough i've been trying something similar to the last day thing recently (wonderful when you feel it but needs that repetition to make it "stick") but not the first day idea - must give that a try!


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