There will always be Death, and there will always be Fear. But there is a high cost to bare when we live in fear of the inevitable. Unfortunately, too many people bare that cost and, too often, for no good reason. If we are to live a full and mindful life, it would be helpful to overcome or, at least, control this fear.
To begin, what I write here is more about life and living. However, before I go there, I want to put Death to rest for now. The truth is, I am going to run out of Life, and you are going to run out of Life.
Simple, right? Not really. First, let me tell you why I say, “We are all going to run out of Life”. I do because we live as though it is Time we run out of; We don’t. This is just an illusion.
It is an illusion simply because reality shows us that we do not “get” Time. We are simply born in “it”. Therefore, we cannot run out of what we do not get, much less control or manage “it”.
“Fish do not get water, and Man do not get air. Each is born in its own element. Just the same, Man nor Fish get Time; they’re born in it”.
Realize you don’t have to carry the weight of the fear of death on your shoulder as you journey through life. You want to be light on your feet as you stand in your door and face the sun. Step outside with the lack of care or concern the inevitable deserves. Awake with a daily expectation that something good is going to happen to you or to someone you love. Why not? If you look back you will see that most of the time, and at the end of any given day, you were at least OK. I bet you are Ok right now.
“Be open to Life and do not let the fear of Death close your “Living” door. Step into the life you choose to live”.
Knowing Death is asleep for now, move on with your life. Always be kind to others, if only for goodness sake.
Be mindful that Time “lends” us Life and Death always collects. That’s just the way it is. But trying to live in the Now on “borrowed” Life and with Death on your mind, is a waste of Life itself. It is a “loss of living expense” you do not have to bare. There is just too much living to do and you can only do it now.
Keep in mind that the urgency of the moment is that we live and die in the present (Now) and no one knows when the “collector” will knock on our front door and ask for us by name.
“Now, is that constant instant between the past and the future. It is the only Time we live and the only Time we can do something about almost anything”.
To use any moment to think about or fear death, is to miss the “present” forever. This is a cost we can “never” recover. Because, every moment we live, leaves us one moment less to live. Every day we live, leaves us one day less to live, and that is one day less … forever. This is why we should always “be” in the tight embrace of the only thing we have and can manage, our lives.
Children are welcomed into the loving embrace of their parents and life itself. For them, happiness is not a pursuit. They naturally are. Death is not a concern. They just want to play. Happiness only became a pursuit as we evolved into what being adult means.
Fortunately, that child still lives in us and we can still bring him/her out to play and, again, experience the wonders of the world and of the life you chose to live.
Being in the real world, we live an inordinate amount of our lives in the virtual world of a modern era. But if we are going to bring out the child in us to play in the real world, we are going to have to disconnect from time to time.
Let us all do our part to make this world the beautiful place it could be. Let’s do it for ourselves, our children and grandchildren. Let us “be” kind to each other or at least, do no harm. Let us not judge. Let us treat the word “love” as a verb. Let us “do” for our loved ones those things that make them “feel” loved. As well, “do” something positive for your “self” and share what it feels like. Hug someone today. Hug them tightly. It will make a positive difference all around.
It can be like spreading a contagious “ease”; A positive act that does not need to be anything spectacular. It could be simply to say, “I love you” or, “I am here for you if you need to talk”. It could be the offer to bring someone a drink of water, a chair to sit on, a pillow to lie on, or any other “ease” you choose. It’s all about “being” human, Life and living.
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