There’s an old, somewhat worn out personal development / goal setting exercise that usually goes something like this:
Imagine you’ve just six months to live.
What would you do?
Where would you go?
Who would you spend time with?
I (and some of my coaching clients) invariably have trouble imagining our own future demise - it’s been no easy matter to get anything out of this exercise.
Perhaps that’s why I’ve been so taken with how Mitch Albom approached the topic, in his 1997 best seller, Tuesdays With Morrie.
On Mitch’s thirteenth Tuesday visit with the ailing Professor Morrie, he’s suddenly struck by the fact that he last saw Morrie standing up over 16 years ago.
And that leads to a rather beautiful and impromptu question to his former professor:
What if you had one day perfectly happy, I asked?
What would you do? (page 175, Tuesdays with Morrie)
Want to know what Morrie replied?
Then listen to Tape 1 of Mitch’s edited recording for Morrie’s Perfect Day.
(It’s a 5 minute audio clip listen online or download).
Oct 2011 Update: The link appears to have changed or been removed.
Please stop and do that now.
So, having heard Morrie’s voice (or read his words), does the title of this post ring any bells for you?
Sure did for me!
Wishing you much perfection in this average weekend.
All being well, I’ll post part 2 on Tuesday.