When You Live Life For the Second Time

As I previously mentioned, I'm buckling down and getting productive simply by rearranging my schedule based on one rule, do the most important thing first. It continues to be a satisfying success.

What I didn't mention was a question that goes along with my schedule shakeup. It's a question that notable psychologist Viktor Frankl asked every one of his patients over and over (in all his years he didn't lose even one person out of 30,000 suicide watches):

If you were living today over again, how would you do it differently?

Or in a more direct line from his book Man's Search For Meaning.

“So live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!”

It's a powerful trick that I intended to use as a means to focus in my art, but the mindset is leaking into every corner of my life. Last night it incited an impromptu kitchen dance session with my wife as Etta James crooned through my iPhone speaker.

It's not magic, and no it doesn't solve all of my ridiculous issues, but it does put my decisions in a different and, I'd argue, brighter light. I spend less time traipsing around the internet looking for cat and penguin gifs and more time picking up a pen, plucking guitar strings, reading good books, cooking food and stopping to laugh with friends. And as I expand the question to reliving a month, year, or my entire life, it's making a lot of immediate choices easier.

And on the days I sit down to think about it, having lived the day for the second time, I feel much more like the person I'd like to be