“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
~ Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple.
Today I had an unexpected free day. I was expecting to be working on a project all day but my time opened up. I started my day off with a call from my best friend and she was like the angel I needed, the wake-up call I was hoping for, literally.
The last week I have just not been myself and I was determined that I was going to find my spark today. She reminded me of how important it is to be living your purpose with passion. I was just mottling through the last week and making bad choices. I feel revived and back on track. Today is all about taking care of me.
I came across this Steve Job’s quote in my daily email from The Daily Love. It resonated with me because it is so easy to drift off course if you don’t pay attention. Have you ever been lying on a float in the pool with your eyes closed, only to open them and find yourself far from where you started. You just drifted.
We have to practice self-care as an act of self-love. I am reminded today of how easy it is to fall into my old self-destructive habits. I need to consciously choose to live a life that makes me happy. I need to deliberately choose to eat healthy, nurture my spirit and be creative daily. When I am not living on purpose, I am living by default. I am going to try to imitate Steve Job’s practice and ask myself that same question, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” If not then it is not the best choice for me today.
My Challenge: Ask yourself daily, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? If the answer is no too many days in a row it is time to reevaluate and make different choices.
Maria Elena Escobar