9-11. Two numbers can conjure such emotion.
Today, I am attending a graveside funeral for a friend. Death is inevitable and reminds us we are mortal.
I challenge you to think about how you end things, whether it’s a meal, a day, a relationship. The way you handle endings is a good marker for how you will handle death.
How much time do we waste on things that don’t matter? and Why? Because we think we can afford it. Live while you can. Death doesn’t make life pointless; it makes life purposeful. Don’t ‘nearly die’ to tap into this.
Who dies full of disappointment?
Who dies feeling fully loving and loved?
Today, I think about death so it can define how I live!
Powerful stuff, Eva. Thanks for sharing this important message. Many of us blithely go through life with little direction and PURPOSE. The death of those we love or near death experiences we ourselves encounter seem almost necessary to remind us of the fragility and sanctity of life. I encourage you and your followers to consider the power of mindfulness meditation. It can keep us grounded and connected to our surroundings in a meaningful, poignant way
Gary, today I went to a graveside funeral in the most lush beautiful cemetery. While the Rabbi spoke through his mask to people standing far apart, I could barely hear a word, and instead mindfully meditated. It was easy. I said goodbye to my friends spirit. I’m with you on the power of meditation.
9/11 Reminded me to appreciate every day of life.
Our son-in-law’s was working across the street from the World Trade Center. His office was on the 35th floor. When the planes hit the buildings he saw the horror that unfolded.
Like so many that day, I watched what was going on by radio and TV. The report was saying that people were going into the towers to help people vacate. Knowing my son-in-law, I was sure he would be one of those good Samaritan’s.
When the buildings collapsed I was frantic! I kept calling his cell phone, but it was no use. All of the circuits were overloaded and no call could get through. Almost 2 hours later, we spoke. I remember crying when I heard his voice. What a relief!
From that day forward I have appreciated every moment of my life. As a cancer survivor of a rare sarcoma, it has gotten me through some very difficult times. I appreciate friends, family and doing whatever I can to improve the lives of people, even if I do not know them.
Keep up the good work!
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Frank, I’m touched with your personal story. I can’t imagine how that moment must have felt. You living with appreciation and love inspires everyone around you!
Oh Eva, thank you for this post. My son took his own life about six weeks ago. He was so overtaken by mental illness that he could not seem to feel love or experience support. It was during each zoom shiva and zoom shloshim that his friends and colleagues remembered who he was before he he become ill and returned him to us in that way. Anyone who wants a link to the 14 min video I made of those helpful reflections, just let me know. Blessings on your life and path Eva, and may all reading this be inscribed in the Book of Life for a good New Year.
Goldie, I’m so sorry and I hope the sadness of all who know you diminishes the pain. I would like to see the video. Please share the link.
We all go through life thinking we have more time, but as the pandemic has proven, the demographics of death can change in an instant. Addressing the elephant in the room (long before the end) not only helps stabilize the uncertainty, it illuminates the perfection of each and every day.
Caren, your statement is full of wisdom for one and all. Thank you.