Trust me it’s golden, Do it now! Then do it again and again every few months.
If you look hard enough, any “negative” quality has its sparkling side ;). For anyone who has a morbid streak, your welcome, we now have a good reason to talk about death in a really cool and productive way to help you be more alive now. I will explain the exercise in full, but I want to let the suspense kill you a bit with an introduction.
This is a really great exercise I had done a few months ago and turned out to be about 2 pages and gave me great insight on where I am now, where I want to be and how I want to go about getting there. This time around it turned a surprising short and staccato poem. I was watching the cute flick, Serendipity last night when the end it made me think of the great and simple reflection that can be accomplished by sitting down and writting your own obituary.
After this scene played in the movie, I was inspired to try my hand at it again and was already consciously saying, “dude I know whats going to come out.. blahh blahh blahh.” But decided, I was inspired to do this now for a reason, and I still never cease to surprise myself once and a while with what comes up when I put what “I know” on the burner and ask for my subconscious to chime in.
So without further adieu, here is the deal with this exercise: Get somewhere quiet where you can be very comfortable and free from any interruptions. If it helps you focus, turn the lights down, lay down, just be incrdibly relaxed and comfortable. Take at least 5 loonnnnng deep breaths to get a clean slated mind (do more if you feel like it :)). Inhale slowly for the count of 5, hold it for the count of 5, then exhale for 5. Then start writing your own obituary from the perspective of either you looking down on your funeral or maybe someone who knows you better than you. Don’t think, write the first thing that comes to mind. Don not bother with how good or accurate it is. What is said? What did you accomplish that you are proud to leave behind? What was left undone? What was left unsaid? Breathe into what you find. What are you going to do about it? Maybe you can see that you are on the right track and just need to keep on going or maybe something needs your attention.