This isn’t a movie review. I was watching Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief with my children last week and heard the ferryman say this as they traveled into what equates to hell. Unfortunately, this one line struck a chord with me.
We all experience some form of suffering and tragedy. This is what makes for a good novel or movie, but the only reason is because we can relate. Some people look to religion for their answers, others look inward or other places.
It brought for me to light this concept of value over success. Many religions teach that if we follow a certain path or believe in specific things that we will find that when the last chapter of our lives close a new chapter of our existence will begin (a new book).
This isn’t a connected story though. The end of one book is the beginning of another. As I have gotten older, I have personally seen lives end in suffering and tragedy. As a matter of personal record, I can’t think of anyone that I know of that didn’t end in some form of suffering or tragedy. There is the great possibility that when we leave this world that we will enter another, although we don’t go as we are, we go as something else.
I am walking the line of writing about religion here and that is not my intent. I am more interested in recognition of the end of our lives and what it means relative to who we are and what we are doing today. I think a lot of us are blind including me most of the time. I know that this is a detour from what I normally write about but it does relate to business.
Today there are all sorts of manifesto’s for our work in technology. The “Agile” and the “SOA” and the Business.. but there are others that are less known. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-awesome-inspirational-manifestos.html
Have you ever heard that “It’s not a matter of if but what and when?” Maybe that should be a bumper sticker or something. If you know that your last day is tomorrow, how would you treat people today? Would it be different? If so, why? I am not asking about regrets, I am asking about choices. We have a responsibility to each other, regardless if we want to recognize it or not, we are all connected. We also should note that there is a good chance that when our lives end, along with it will be suffering and tragedy.
How do you feel about your value over what you believe is success?
What do you hope to really accomplish by the time you realize the answer to this question?
Are you doing the things you need to do today to get there?
If not, why?
I recently went up against a personal roadblock that forced me into making this very choice / distinction. None of this is easy but as the recently deceased Covey has said “Begin with the end in mind.” I believe that we should all practice our lives with the end in mind.
What do you think?