"A Morte Devagar" (A Slow Death)

He who becomes the slave of habit,

who follows the same routes every day,

who never changes pace,

who does not risk and change the color of his clothes,

who does not speak and does not experience,

dies slowly.


He who shuns passion,

who prefers black on white,

dotting ones "i’s" rather than a bundle of emotions, the kind that make your eyes glimmer,

that turn a yawn into a smile,

that make the heart pound in the face of mistakes and feelings,

dies slowly.


He who does not turn things topsy-turvy,

who is unhappy at work,

who does not risk certainty for uncertainty,

to thus follow a dream,

those who do not forego sound advice at least once in their lives,

die slowly.


He who does not travel, who does not read,

who does not listen to music,

who does not find grace in himself,

she who does not find grace in herself,

dies slowly.


He who slowly destroys his own self-esteem,

who does not allow himself to be helped,

who spends days on end complaining about his own bad luck, about the rain that never stops,

dies slowly.


He who abandons a project before starting it, who fails to ask questions on subjects he doesn't know, he or she who don't reply when they are asked something they do know,

die slowly.


Let's try and avoid death in small doses,

reminding oneself that being alive requires an effort far greater than the simple fact of breathing.


Only a burning patience will lead

to the attainment of a splendid happiness.

—Martha Medeiros


This is a poem by Brazilian writer and journalist, Martha Medeiros. We posted it in a blog on May 19th, 2019 as our best explanation of what the "Don't Die" part of GFDD means to us.

Three years later it's still our most shared, most read blog post and we thought we'd share its content with you today. We hope you take some time this week with each line and decide how it challenges your story.

The goal, for us, is not a slow life or a swift death - it's to live the longest, "fastest" life with as few dead moments as possible.


Are there any slow deaths you are allowing in your life?

What would it mean or look like to replace those moments with more LIFE? 

"It's not the mountain that gets you, it's the rock in your shoe."


Save the wallpaper we've made for you above as a reminder to engage this week in conversations around your potential, the potential of your tribe, and to help in writing your best story.

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