I recently finished reading Srini Rao’s eBook, The Compass. As always, Srini has so many insights that speak to me and inspire me to think and write and share. And what’s really interesting about this piece of work is that it’s a compilation of essays he has written over the years. The one that inspired today’s post is “What if this was the last time?”

In this piece he writes:

  • What if this was the last time you were going to meet a friend?
  • What if this was the last time you were going to have a conversation with someone?
  • What if this was the last time you were going to write something?
  • What if this was the last time you were ever going to record an interview?
  • What if this was the last time you were ever going to take a picture?
  • What if this was the last time you were going to put on an event?
  • Every single time we sit down at the blank page or can- vas, ship a big project, and spend time with someone we love, it might be the last.
  • What if this was the last time….?
  • How would you show up differently?
  • What parts would you add that maybe you left out be- cause you were too scared?
  • What chances would you take?
  • What edges would you explore?

Admittedly, I could write a blog post answering each of these questions. But I don’t think that would do his work justice. I like to think of what he shares as an invitation for my own self exploration. So, I ask you, how would you answer one or two or all of these questions. What comes to mind? Who do you see? How do you feel?

I can say that, for me, just reading this has brought a new level of awareness to all of my conversations.

It has brought a new fire into how I view the decisions in front of me and the choices I make.

It gives me a sense of freedom to express myself and how I feel for others.

It grants me permission to push myself, my own boundaries.

What does it do for you?