Like a mountain on the horizon, fixed, immovable, the one constant in life is death.
To some, it seems inconceivably distant. To others, labouring in its foothills, its shadow looms large. But one day, we will all make our way to its summit and look back on our life. If we are dissatisfied with the path we took to get there, by then it will be too late to change it.
In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey urges us to “begin with the end in mind”. It’s with that end in mind that I begin this blog.
Much of our written communication today is superficial. A tweet or a Facebook status update are too short to convey anything but the most perfunctory of thoughts. Occasionally they may offer a brief moment of interest or entertainment. Most of the time they are entirely disposable.
This blog is a place for me to write in more depth. To reflect upon my thoughts, experiences, insights and learnings in order to put them into a wider context and help me think more clearly about my life.
My posts are likely to be infrequent. I don’t want to write about ephemera, and I don’t expect weightier topics to present themselves often. Moreover, writing longer, more thoughtful pieces is time-consuming and time is not something I have in abundance any more.
Death is the landmark towards which every life flows, where we all come together in a final confluence before being extinguished. Better to chart our path there than being swept along on the tide.