I heard a brilliant story a few years ago.
There was this milk delivery truck driver. He started his shift as 6 am. He always had a partner who did most of the heavy lifting.
There was a dangerous junction on his route, entering a busy bridge on the left hand side. The visibility was nil… He could not watch the road and drive at the same time.
His partner would hang out his window to see the traffic and when it was clear, he would yell “Clear” and he would drive.
One morning his partner called in sick.
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The crucial moment of the Elite Trainers Boot Camp, for me, was in a breakthrough exercise. We were told that we had only 24 hours to live, and were asked to write down all the stuff that we regretted, never completed, dreamed about and never went for… I didn’t have much on my sheet. I heard heavy breathing, an occasional sob. I was peaceful.
Then we were lead to where the “execution” would take place, and before we were blindfolded, we were reminded that this will be the last glance we would have at the world. I looked around, and noticed how blue the lake was, how striking the reflecting of the trees looked in the water, and had a deep pain in my heart. I found something that I wanted.
In the whole process, while blindfolded, I was seeing the lake and the trees, and I was softly weeping. Other than that image, I was very OK to die. It was long overdue.
In fact, 37 years overdue. Read more »