Over the weekend I had cause to attend the funeral of a very dear relative. It was the first time I ever had someone so close to me pass away so it was a totally new experience. The whole play of events just made me realize how very fickle life is. It’s funny how even though we all know that death is inevitable, we still live life like it is a far away phenomenon – something designated for a time that we get to choose.
At the risk of sounding cynical, death lurks closer than you can think. It’s just a single breath away.
The outpour of beautiful eulogies and loving tributes simply made me wonder if the same could be said if it was me who laid in that casket. If you were to die this very minute, what kind of memories would linger after you? How many lives have you impacted in the little time you’ve spent here? What would people say about you when you are gone. It was Albert Pike who said that “what we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
Life can get tough and it’s very easy to become self-absorbed as a result, but give yourself a break! Stop for a moment to take life in and enjoy every bit of it. There’s no guarantee that things will be the same the next minute. You can’t be sure you’ll be here tomorrow, so make the best of each day. Spend your energy on the things that matter. Create memories with the people that matter. Be kind, make people smile, take risks, love deeply, forgive easily and laugh till your tummy hurts.
Also, as you enjoy life and all of its many luxuries, be conscious of the fact that we are only here for a while. Life is as much a tragedy as it is exciting. So don’t take yourself too seriously. Let the people around you know how much you love and appreciate them. Don’t wait till they die to write an epistle about how much they mean to you. Most importantly, value whatever it is that you have now because it could all be gone in a flash.
Have a great week!