Have you ever heard an idea or quote a million times before, and then one day you HEAR it for the very first time? Maybe it’s the person who’s saying it or how it’s being said, or maybe it’s just that you’re finally ready to HEAR it.

“If you only had a year to live, how would you do it?”
“What would you do if today was your last day on earth?”
“What would you do if you knew you were gonna die in 3 months?”

I just heard it. For the first time. The speaker went on talking but I couldn’t hear him.

“What would you do if you knew you were gonna die in 3 months?”

I’d do exactly what I’m doing now! I LOVE what I’m doing! But that answer seemed too simple. So I asked myself this question.

“If you knew you were gonna die in 3 months, would you do what you’re doing differently?”

Yes, I would. I’d use my real voice.

Wait, I’m using my real voice now, right?
No. Not the way I would if was dying in 3 months.
I’m holding back.

But I don’t hold back with…
my kids,
my clients,
or close friends.
With everyone else, I’m careful. I wholeheartedly believe in what I’m sharing with you and teaching you but there are plenty of subjects where I tread lightly because I don’t want to stir things up.

Why?

Because what if I lose you as a reader or listener? I would miss you.

But this isn’t fair to you or me. Because in the end if I’m not giving it my all, I’m doing us both a disservice.

Last week I wrote a message about RESISTANCE. While doing my research I came across a quote from Steven Pressfield that I LOVE, and I shared it with…
my kids,
my clients,
and a few close friends.
I wanted to share it with you but I didn’t know how you’d react. So instead of telling you how much I LOVED the quote, I kept it to myself and I kept it from you.

But by doing that I denied you the opportunity to experience a concept that has impacted me tremendously over the past week and has given me the courage to write this message to you today.

You may not find the quote’s concept as meaningful as I do, but that’s not my business. It’s my business to share and let you decide for yourself.

“Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action.

Do it or don’t do it.

It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.

You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” 
-Steven Pressfield

What would you do if you knew you were gonna die in 3 months?

Give us what you've got

I don’t know when I’m gonna die, but I know I want to use my real voice sooner than later. And I don’t know how the shift from cautious to courageous will unfold, but I’m taking the first step with you today.

Sweetheart, I want this for you. No more waiting.

If you want to, you can tell me what you would do or do differently if you only had 3 months. My lifelong friend Michelle calls this, “speaking it into the light,” when you share it with another person you get clarity.

Light, love and grace to you.