“At any moment that you find yourself hesitating, or if at any moment you
find yourself putting off until tomorrow trying some new piece of behavior
that you could do today, or doing something you’ve done before, then all you
need to do is glance over your left shoulder and there will be a fleeting
That shadow represents your death, and at any moment it
might step forward, place its hand on your shoulder and take you, so that
the act that you are presently engaged in might be your very last act and
therefore fully representative of you as your last act on this planet.”
One of the ways you can use this constructively is to understand that it is
indulgent to hesitate. When you hesitate, you are acting as though you are
immortal. And you, ladies and gentlemen, are not.
You don’t even know the place and the hour of your death.
And so one thing you can do… to remind yourself that not to bother to
hesitate is not to act unprofessional… is to just suddenly glance over
your left shoulder and remember that death is standing there, and make death
your advisor. He or she will always tell you to do something representative
of your full potential as a person.
You can afford no less.