A Facebook friend posted a heartfelt tribute to a colleague who passed away from cancer. In my friend’s kind words, he asked people to read his colleague’s last blog post.
I was a little perplexed by this. I never thought of reading a last post as a tribute. So I was curious to click the link and read it. It wasn’t a post about acting extraordinary, being a revolutionary or changing a profession. It was a post about the everyday things going on in his life. It was about visiting family, enjoying a great meal with friends, and relaxing in the comforts of home.
At the end of the post, he asked people to pray for a friend who was losing their battle with cancer. Yes, the end of his last post was a request to send prayers to someone else. It was one of the most selfless writings I’ve ever read.
Reminiscent of “The Last Lecture”, it left me wondering what my last post might be about and would I know if I’m indeed writing my last post. Or would I just think it was my next post.
In the business world, we’re always saying focus on the job you want not the job you have. We are constantly seeking the next big thing that will revolutionize our businesses. Is it possible we’ve become so focused on “next” that we forget it might be also our “last”?
Taking time to appreciate what you currently have isn’t a sign of being lazy or lacking ambition. I do believe it’s possible to focus on the next big thing without hating the status quo.
It’s certainly acceptable to improve and learn new skills. We will always have new inventions and trends to challenge our thoughts and processes. It means loving the present while at the same time working toward a better tomorrow. In fact, I wonder if the reason we’re able to discover new things is because we are content with the way things are right now. And, conversely, can we sometimes get so caught up changing tomorrow that we lose focus on what we should be accomplishing today?
I don’t know the date or subject of my last post. I do hope it will be as classy as the one I read.0