Mark Twain said “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
I have always thought it interesting that at some point in time, we all face a fear of the one thing that we know with absolute certainty will happen. If you have ever visited a hospital Emergency Room, then you know the face of fear. Fear to lose those we love, fear to be left behind, fear to face a final breath, fear of change, fear of the unknown, few of losing time to do those things not yet done.
Death is inevitable and as such one would think that we would treat time and life with more respect. Yet, despite our fear of the inexorable, we often choose to disregard and waste time and then complain of there never seeming to be enough of it. We clutter our time with things to do, things to get and things to remember ~ leaving us no time to appreciate and find gratitude for the gift of each fleeting, yet rich, moment.
Why do you suppose we clutter life’s moments? Is it so that we don’t have to face our inescapable demise? What would happen if we gave time the reverence that it deserves? What if we de-cluttered our lives so that each moment was not filled with quite as many “have tos”, “wants”, “musts” and “shoulds”?
Interesting that clinging to life and fearing death in the end dilutes our ability to focus on and experience our time to the fullest. And so the cycle goes ~ we fear the unavoidable and so we stay busy and distracted, preventing us from valuing our time and living fully. In turn, this waste of precious time, causes our fear of death to grow. Perhaps if we had more time to face and ponder this fear, we would learn to appreciate our time and live more fully. It might be said that the threat of death itself gives meaning and value to time.
It behooves us all to live in the moment and overcome the fear of our impermanence so that we might love fully, be open to the possibilities of life, say all the things that we need to say and live full and vibrant lives.
I recently read somewhere, that fear is not what happens to us, but instead it is how we choose to react to what happens to us. Each and every one of us has the same ending to our life’s story. Knowing this, we should embrace and cherish our gift of time.
Namaste ~ Shari