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Building a Small Piece of Greatness

I've recently become interested in history, which was one of my least favorite subjects in school. Last week I watched a documentary about the Medici family, the rulers of Florence who served as patrons to many of the great Italian artists, including Michelangelo.

When we look at the great works of the old masters, we don't necessarily appreciate the scale of time it took to create each one. David, one of Michelangelo's greatest works, took him four years of near-daily sculpting. Four years for one statue.

Live Every Day Like Your First

I've never been a big fan of the phrase, "Live Every Day Like Your Last". If I was going to do that, I would book the most ridiculous multi-leg flight possible, and go try to see my loved ones one last time. On the plane I would work on my will and write people tons of letters.

That would make a fine last day, but doing that every day would leave me broke and leave my friends and family very confused. On the plus side, I bet my penmanship would improve considerably.

I get the sentiment, though: life is short, and if you put things off for too long, you may never get around to doing them. Maybe there's a better cliche to follow, though: "Live Every Day Like Your First".

Imagine that you just now gained consciousness of this person you call you. You get to keep all of this person's previous memories, knowledge, and experience. You poke around this person's head and quickly assimilate all of his or her desires, goals, fears, and ambitions. Because you're a smart and rational consciousness, you know that you've got some time to work towards those things. What do you do?

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