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Arkady Grudzinsky


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If this were the last day of your life, how would you spend it?

It just occurred to me today that finishing my most urgent project at work wouldn't be on my to do list. I would love to read some thoughts or stories.

...After reading some responses, it seems that most people would do what they always wanted to do and take care of things that they value most. But why wouldn't we do these things in the first place, regardless of how long we have left? I don't mean it as a rhetorical question - it would be interesting to read some thoughts.

Topics: Values

Closing Statement from Arkady Grudzinsky

I'd like to thank everyone who participated in this conversation. Lots of interesting thoughts and perspectives.

Perhaps, most notable conclusions:

1. At the end, we focus on what matters most for us, and for most people it's people we love - most people would spend time with family, friends, write letters, etc.

2. It should not matter whether we live the last day of our life or not. Perhaps, we should just do what we do any other day, like having a cup of nice tea, and enjoy the moment.

It's hard to summarize everything that was said here - worth reading.

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  • Jan 21 2013: A minute at a time... like any other day, since any day could be my last day.

    If I KNEW it was my last day... I would probably spend a lot of the day arranging for my inevitable departure. I would want to assure my family wasn't burdened by my death. I would probably then spend the remainder of the day wondering where the time went.

    I certainly wouldn't be hanging out at TED telling people what an interesting life I lived. ;-)
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      Jan 21 2013: Re: "I certainly wouldn't be hanging out at TED..."

      Yeah... Sometimes, TED seems addictive and a waste of time. But I do get an idea or two here that helps me to figure out what to do when I'm not hanging out here.

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