Father’s advice, improved.

Many years ago I heard the phrase “Live every day as if it were your last, for one day it will be.”

I like the sentiment, but it didn’t fit really comfortably. Maybe a connection to the reactions we saw from some people in the movie “Seeking a friend for the end of the world.” Not all admirable behaviours.

Then last night inspiration struck. Yes, another movie. For those who haven’t seen About Time, I won’t spoil the story, just recommend you watch it.

The main character learned a mind blowing secret from his father at the age of 21. A secret passed down from father to son for generations. It revolves around the ability to time travel, but only in your own timeline. (That much is revealed in the promo material, so I’m not giving anything away.)

To paraphrase, he took his fathers final advice and improved it.

With an ability to relive each day and make it better the second time, he realised he could be more present and in the moment and live ash day so that he didn’t need to go back and relive it.

It’s going to be interesting to see how much more, or less, effort it takes to create the habit of being so fully present that you wouldn’t need to go back and relive a day, even though you could.

About Tony Latimer

Master Executive Coach in Singapore and Asia to Leaders in Transition. Bringing Profitable Leadership to international organizations. Expert management and leadership coaching skills training. Co-Author of The Handbook of Knowledge Based Coaching: From Theory to Practice & Coaching in Asia: The First Decade.