I’ve always feared death.
Does it seem morbid to talk about death on my birthday?
Not to me. The two biggest days of our lives are the day we are born and the day we die. They’re….related.
But back to fear of death.
For me, death was the great unknown. Without a belief structure, death seemed like just a great void. Who wouldn’t dread it?
And yet, it’s inevitable. We can’t avoid it. Every living thing dies and renews.
There’s a new documentary coming out called Death Makes Life Possible. I was lucky enough to be able to buy a copy at the afterlife conference last month.
It’s about death. But really, it’s about LIFE.
The point is this: knowing that this life will end one day allows us to make decisions about how we want to be in this life.
How we can be of service to others.
And to ourselves.
It’s taken me a long time to figure out that it’s all about love. All kinds of love. And that good works of any kind–including random acts of kindness–are what counts.
At this stage of our lives, knowing that our days here are numbered, we might be thinking about what mark we are leaving on the world around us.
Not just on our families, but also our communities and the larger world.
If you’ve been reading along, you know that I’ve finally developed a belief structure and faith that I hope will allow me to embrace the great adventure of death one day. I hope it doesn’t come too soon, but when it does, I hope I will rise to the occasion and go in peace but with a sense of anticipation about what comes next.
And when I look back at the days of my life, I hope I can say that by the end I knew how to live in love for everyone and everything around me.
It’s a tall order.
But then, this life ain’t for sissies.
Happy birthday to me! I’m happy to have been in this life and look forward to what’s ahead!