Yesterday the world lost a remarkable athlete, Kobe Bryant. Now there are tons of people online, on TV, radio and everywhere discussing Kobe moments, quotes and memories.

All of them justified. Kobe was an amazing basketball player, businessman and by all accounts, also an amazing father and husband.

One of the things tragedies do often is help us reflect. We think about not only what memories Kobe Bryant may or may not have brought to us or reflect on the tragedy to make us think more introspectively about how fragile life is.

But I’d like to suggest that it’s an opportunity for us all. Maybe it will instill in us the sense of urgency. I know I feel that.

Instead of “we’ll get together” or “let’s do that soon” or “its on my to-do list” we should be more urgent about doing it NOW.

Lets do it today instead of next week.
Let’s finish that book we’ve always wanted to write by writing a chapter.
Let’s get that 25 pounds off for good by stepping away from the dinner table tonight.
Let’s tell our kids what they mean to us as if it WAS our last day.
Let’s buy a domain name and plan our next venture.
Let’s make it a point to hug our friends or call them today.
Let’s get my life where I want it today by making a key decision.

All of which sound easy, but life gets in the way and we often don’t do what we know we should.

So maybe the final lesson we can learn from Kobe.

“When you make a choice and say, ‘Come hell or high water, I am going to be this,’ then you should not be surprised when you are that. It should not be something that is intoxicating or out of character because you have seen this moment for so long that … when that moment comes, of course it is here because it has been here the whole time, because it has been [in your mind] the whole time.” – Kobe Bryant

Don’t have any regrets. You awoke today. You’re winning. Make it count.

Thank you Kobe. I never met you, but I appreciate the life lesson.