“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.”
“I have set before you this day life and death, blessing and curse, therefore choose life……..”
I recently sat in a cemetery in Holland on the day of the dead. No I wasn’t afraid, as I like to say, “I’m not afraid of the dark, the dark’s afraid of me!’ Or to quote Ghostbusters, “I ain’t afraid of no ghost!”
I sat there on a massive mausoleum with a statue of Mother Mary cradling the crucified body of Christ in her lap. On the horizon in a stunning contrast between light and dark, was a Majestic Cathedral reaching to the heavens illuminated in a golden aura. I closed my eyes and went into my meditation. I could feel and hear the souls of the departed. “Life is short, we were here, but now we’re gone. Go into you heart, who are you, why are you here, what do you want to live for? Get focused, if you don’t do it now, it will never be done! Don’t die without ever having truly lived! Make sure the song in your heart is not left unsung!” Good advice dead people!
I opened my eyes. The distance between me sitting in the dark amongst the graves and the towering spires aglow in the distance, was exactly the same as whatever time I have left on earth and my entry into the great unknown dimension beyond death. I asked myself “What will I bring with me into this mysterious cathedral? Will I enter into the domain of death with a smile, knowing I gave it my all and lived not by fear but with the courage to be and express the truth of who I am?” A firm conviction swept over me to spend these last chapters of my life writing a story with my life that my ancestors now laying in the cold black mud would be proud of.
We’ve all heard the story of the person who finds out they have one week to live, who then stops to smell the flowers and calls everyone they know and tells them they love them…….. or to modernize it a bit leaves a post on Facebook letting everyone who follows them know they love them, and then tweets “Good-bye to everyone who knew me, it’s been real, I’m out Yo!”
Well let me save you the trouble of visiting the doctor. “You’re gonna die…… someday! Don’t be scared, the angel of death is compassionate and is only trying to remind you to live!
Soccer players play the first two halves of the game like they have all the time in the world? But in overtime no one knows how much time there is left in the penalty minutes, and they play their hearts out!
Live like you don’t know how much time is on the clock, because you don’t!
Who are you? Why are you here? What are you living for?
Peace, I’m still with you Yo, Si Gong
“Oh very young, what will you leave us this time?
You’re only dancin on this earth for a short while!”