Once a year I answer the following question in my journal, "If I had 30 days to live, what would I do during that time?"
I do this exercise because it cuts through any ambivalence I have about my life and brings the most important things into focus. It roots out my deepest truths.
Usually I complete this exercise in January and then revisit it again the following year. However, this year I did it three separate times (winter, spring, and summer) because I had undergone such a huge emotional growth spurt. Each time I did the exercise, my answers were so radically different then before. It's like I've been three different people in eight months.
The last time I did this exercise, I included a new question: "What wouldn't I do during these 30 days?" Wow, was this a cool idea! Turning my question around made me see new aspects of myself that had been hidden. Here are some things from my list:
I wouldn't...Defend how I've lived my life.
Make choices about my life based on what others want me to do.
Argue over unimportant stuff.
What would you do if you had only 30 days left? What wouldn't you do? And how would you go about honoring these answers?