A couple weeks ago I was listening to my teacher Wayne Dyer in the car as usual (it’s either him or hip-hop. Go figure.) I was stuck on the 405 as usual, headed to Equinox Southbay.
He said we should live our lives as if we had 6 months left to live.
I immediately felt better in my gridlock.
Hey Traffic, you don’t bother me anymore! Screw you!
I am not trying to be Debbie Downer here or Ms. Morbid. It’s not a death sentence I am suggesting. It’s your life sentence, your dharma. Wake up.
How would you live? What would you do? Who would you be?
Dr. Dyer said that 6 months is a good time frame to work with because at the end of life many have said that the whole thing feels like it was 6 months or the blink of an eye.
(Don’t be scared.)
Take the challenge.
How would you live? Who would you be?
I know for me, I wouldn’t care about what other people thought.
I would be fearless.
I would finish my book.
I would tell everyone I loved how much I love them. Every day. A hundred times a day maybe. I would kiss more and never fell guilt again. I would call my grandfather again and again.
I would forgive anyone I hadn’t yet.
I would never ever beat myself up or judge myself harshly again.
I would publish a book of my poems. Finally. ( What have I been waiting for?)
There is a whole life inside if me waiting to be lived and as I write this Daily Challenge I realize that I haven’t exactly been living this way. So I am with you, dear Manifesters.
I am taking this bull by the horns. This sucker is mine!
This is not a suggestion that you live without consequence, but rather with intention, with love, and with passion. Do what makes you thrive, what inspires you, what makes you come alive!
One of my favorite quotes is by Eleanor Roosevelt.
I usually joke that she shared it with me over a good glass of Cab.
“Jen, You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”
Ain’t it the truth!
We wouldn’t give a flying hoot what anyone thought anymore.
Why we do now is still something I grapple with. We would be totally self-expressed.
So today’s daily Challenge is to live as if you had 6 months left. In the comment section below share with our readers who you would be, what you would do, how you would live. More importantly, go out and live. Enjoy every flippin’ moment and laugh more, especially at yourself.
Curse more. If you feel like it.
Don’t take sh*t anymore! ( I don’t need to curse more but I will continue on with my potty mouth as long as I please.)
This exercise can easily slip into cliche. Avoid that trap. Stop what you are doing right now. Think truthfully about the answer/s.
Maybe you wouldn’t do damn thing differently. If this is the case, can we please go out for a glass of wine tomorrow night?
You know where to find me. I want to surround myself by people who are living this way.
My friend Kate has a blog that I love called 365 to 30 where she does everything she has ever dreamed of or talked about doing in her 29th year. 365 days to 30. I highly recommend checking it out. https://365til30.com/
Wow you picked a hard one Jen. Be happy. Everyday happy. Spread it around. Not to waste a minute on anything else. Make sure those who love me are happy. Happy that they had me in their lives and not sad….never, ever sad.
thanks mom. You do live that way!
Feel NO GUILT! It is a useless emotion! “I accept my good WITHOUT guilt” -Louise Hay!
that is a huge one for me. Thank you for reminder xx
A good friend of mine’s father gets up every day for work at the same company he has been with for over twenty years; perhaps it feels a bit routine, just sayin’.
He gets out if the shower, shaves, smiles, and says, “I’m going to have an amazing, great, incredible day today!” Every day. He is one of the happiest people I know. It sounds cheesy. It’s a little like, ah, smoke & mirrors. It works.
I am challenging myself to say that every time I wake up! Thank you. It is inspiring to see someone living that way even though we may look at their lives and think ” how bring or tedious or sad” etc. LOve it!
This is a topic I find relatively on point with how I have viewed life for as long as I can remember. I do love me so me, and intend to live my life with no regrets. I am going to say that I Live!
You do Darren! You are fully alive and involved and I love that about you!
Loved it, so Im taking the time to tell you. Only six months left, right? Take time to praise and love even the seemingly unlovable. Live like there is no such thing as, people talking about you. Teach like a rock star and blow your students’ minds!
Wow, I love this. I am printing this out and putting it up on my new desk. Thank you Jackie x
Steve jobs had a great quote. It was something like “the greatest thing about death is life”. He explained that through death comes life, death actually makes room for life. And he arranged his day by first asking “How would I live my day if today was my last day to live?” Thanks for getting us to think, Jen!
He was a huge inspiration for me in thinking up this DMC. Thanks Kris.. I look forward to you every week. You are infectious. Did you know that?
The six month time frame is very pertinent to me…. My life is here in Los Angeles, with my beautiful girlfriend and loving dog. However, I am British. She is American. I am female. She is female. ….So I can’t stay. I am separated from my heart every six months because I cannot marry the person I love (and my visa is up). It sucks. However, it certainly does put everything into perspective. I am never guaranteed to be able to come back, which makes every single six months so much more precious.
Sure, it’s not life or death, but it is a push to make decisions that may have otherwise taken me years to have made.
We try to live in the moment, every moment. We travel together. We laugh. We spontaneously go out for margaritas. We start projects. We run businesses. We do yoga!
Do what you love. With someone you love. No matter who it is. If you need to tell someone you respect them, love them, couldn’t have done it without them, then go ahead and do that. Nothing is more of a wake up call than losing a loved one. Make sure it’s not too late to tell someone that they mean the world to you.
“To the world you may only be one person, but to one person, you mean the world”.
this was so beautiful. It made me cry. I admire you.
I think about this all the time. How would I live if I only had a short time left? Three things come to mind, and for me they are all huge. I would have NO FEAR. I wouldn’t be scared to step out of my box. So often I dream of doing things because I am afraid of failing. I think that one thing has stopped me from going after so many of dreams. I am always terrified of what others will think of me, what will happen if I look stupid, or worse what if I let myself down. I wouldn’t let any of that bother me. I would learn to surf with my husband, I would take a photography class, and I would write a cookbook. Next on the list but not less important is, I would never be tired, physically or emotionally. I would have boundless energy to always go out and fill each day, most importantly to never leave anything undone by days end. I would always have energy to be patient and loving with my children. Lastly, and for me this is a HUGE ONE, I would really love myself. I would never, ever look in the mirror and say that I hate what I see. I really would love the hips I gained with childbearing, I would love the teeth I have that are crooked, and I would never say that I hate my belly. I would with honesty and integrity say that I am beautiful. I think this one is so interesting because when we feel bad about ourselves it shows in how we carry ourselves. I want to be full of love for who I am, I want to teach this to my children.
LOVED this in class last night! Thank you for sharing with us.
If I had 6 months left:
-I would NOT ask for permission.
-I’d stop trying to get it right.
-I’d be nicer to myself.
(I’d also finish my book, do more yoga, take pictures, love my man even more, and be super awesome).
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