I’ve began and restarted this text many instances. Between getting on a flight, being in India with household, and getting the information of the sudden loss of life of a pricey buddy Aysha Griffin.
Aysha was a author and entrepreneur who I met in Spain, again in 2007. We linked by way of the writing neighborhood, hit it off instantly, and have been in contact ever since.
She was a free spirit, at all times residing her life to the fullest, and connecting and guiding folks on the best way. She owns the google search time period “inhabit your desires” – should you Google it, her website is the primary end result – and he or she embodied the time period.
Ayesha was discovered useless in her house in Sant Feliu de Guixois, Catalonia on February 6; my birthday. Not lengthy after her personal birthday on January 31. Reason behind loss of life was a coronary heart assault. I’m guessing she was in her late 50’s.
A few yr in the past she interviewed me about my e-book which was all about having the braveness to comply with your desires; she was an enormous proponent of it. We have now been exchanging messages ever since. She was considered one of my greatest supporters of this text.
The rationale I’m sharing this with you right this moment is that it’s a harsh reminder that life is brief and we don’t know which day will likely be our final.
“Comfortable Birthday! You are one yr nearer to loss of life.”
That is the beginning of an e mail I get on my birthday yearly from Ryan Vacation as I subscribe to his Daily Stoic. Not the nicest e mail to get up to, however a determined reminder that all of us want.
The Stoics believed that the considered loss of life ought to at all times be in your thoughts. It ought to provide you with a way of urgency, and enable you to remove the inessential out of your life. It ought to decide the way you deal with folks, and count on to be handled. In his e-book, Meditations, Roman emperor and Stoic thinker Marcus Aurelius wrote that “You could possibly go away life proper now. Let that decide what you do and say and assume.”
As working mums, we’re identified to pause our ambitions and prioritize all the pieces round us however ourselves. “I’ll do it tomorrow; I’ll do it when my son is 5; I’ll do it when I’m prepared.”
The reality is, tomorrow might not come and you’ll by no means be prepared.
“Most of us have two lives. The life we reside, and the unlived life inside us,” writes Steven Pressfield in his e-book the War of Art, a line that hit me like a rock once I heard it (audible).
So my message for you right this moment is, if there may be something you might be placing on maintain, press the play button now or you might by no means get the possibility to.
With all my love,