Saturday, July 08, 2006

One of the exercises that Stephen Covey gives in 7 Habits is to imagine you have a week left to live--what would you do. I would probably live my final week very simply and purposefully. Not a frenzied rush to sample what the world has to offer, but a shift of focus from Area 1 (engineering beautiful software) to Areas 2 and 3 (cherishing my family, and random acts of kindness). There would be meals with my family, probably in the places of my childhood (to close the circle), and I would probably be generous on impulse to a couple of friends and a couple of strangers. And after the last meal is shared and the last words spoken, what is there to do but move on?


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