What Will You do With This One Short Amazing Life?

What Will You do With This One Short Amazing Life?

Impact Investing

Impact: There is Precious Little Time

I don’t think about it often, but there is one universal truth all humans share. We have precious little time to make an impact. Do you ever think about that? If you’re anything like me, every once in a while the universe comes along, taps you on the shoulder and whispers in your ear, “Remember why you are here.”

Whether we are going to plant a tree, write a book, be a good parent or change the world, we’d better hurry. Of course we want our lives to matter. Who doesn’t, right? But once we understand our place in time, we sense that, if we are going to make an impact, we must work with a sense of urgency. If at all possible, we want to make an impact today. 

Inspired to Make an Impact

We have a funny relationship with death. We often want to look away, and not think about it. We want to enjoy the illusion of immortality as long as possible. But this thought, that life is both amazing and brief, inspires me.  There is no time to sulk that my feelings were hurt by some random person on Facebook. There is precious little time to make peace with loved ones and to see the places I want to see and to work in alignment with my purpose. There is precious little time to make an impact. 

What Do You Want to Do Before you Die? 

What about you? What impact do you want to have? At the end of your life, what do you want to be known for? Pick one thing. Tell me in the comments below. I’ll go first. 

And share this post with a friend. Maybe they want a chance to tell us what they want to do with this one short, amazing life.

About the Author
Tony Loyd is a TEDx speaker, podcast host and the author of Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs. He is a former Fortune 500 executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, talent management, and leadership development. Tony is the host of the podcast Social Entrepreneur where you can hear the stories of changemakers who are making an impact on the world.

3 comments on “What Will You do With This One Short Amazing Life?

  1. Tony Loyd says:

    I’ll go first. Add your answer below. I want to help compassionate people gain the clarity, confidence and courage they need to commit to being changemakers. I accomplish this through mentoring, podcasting and blogging. I want to finish a book (hopefully this year!), provide online support, and conduct workshops. What about you? What impact do you want to make?

  2. Margaret says:

    Tony, you are channeling Mary Oliver with this question (see: http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/133.html), perhaps in a way that those who don’t read poetry can relate to more fully. What a great gift and challenge that is for you to offer others. Thank you.

    For me, I will answer as she does in a different poem:
    Am I no longer young, and still not half perfect?
    Let me keep my mind on what matters,
    which is my work,
    which is mostly standing still
    and learning to be astonished.

    Listening, observing, being astonished and aware, regarding the created world with reverence — these are themes in much of her writing, and I could do worse than to say at the end of my life that I occasionally succeeded in raising them to the level of theme in my own life.

    Wishing you great joy in your writing journey and much success.

    1. Tony Loyd says:

      Margaret, did you ever hear Krista Tippett of OnBeing interview Mary Oliver? It is such a gift. http://www.onbeing.org/program/mary-oliver-listening-to-the-world/7267 . Enjoy!

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