I have a question for you.
This is important because I believe the way you answer this question could alter the balance of your life: When the time comes to leave Critter Control this place, will you be able to look back on your past with fondness, gratitude, and gratification instead of regret and guilt? I invite you to take a deep breath and simply sit with this question for a minute… marinade in the basis of its profound implications; let yourself truly feel the reality of your last day on the planet for there lies the most precious gift.
I know from experience as this is a practice I indulge from time to time. I remember over two decades ago losing my father to complications resulting from type II diabetes. I recall the day of his burial and his coffin being lowered into the ground as though it had been only yesterday.
There was a final ending to his time here that not only touched my family, but echoed throughout my entire life in the months and years ahead. Do not waste another moment because you too will return to dust daily.”
Since then, I made a vow to live , to be of service to others, to enrich my life and explore my potential so as to direct others to wake up. The journey was difficult, stressful and daring; I have discovered more about myself in the following years than I did leading up to my dad’s passing. It was like I had been jolted with a reminder that this beautiful journey known as life must inevitably end, sometimes when we least expect it.
Now, my next question for you: Can you associate?
There’s a delightful parable told by the late Jesuit priest and psychotherapist Anthony de Mello that captures the Importance of embracing life completely:
Before the visitor stumbled upon discipleship, he wanted assurance from the Master:
“Can you teach me the objective of human life?”
“Or at least its significance?”
The visitor walked away in scorn.
The disciples were dismayed that their Master was shown up in a bad light.
Said the Master soothingly:”Of what use is it to comprehend life’s nature and life’s meaning when you have never tasted it? I’d rather you ate your pudding than speculated on it.”
Anthony de Mello’s fable reminds us, it is of little use to intellectualize life at the level of your thoughts. Life is to be lived fully, meaning you will experience suffering and pain, however as the adage goes:”This too shall pass.”
In these moments, the experience might be too much to bear. But since the former English Prime Minister Winston Churchill once announced:”If you’re going through hell, keep going.” He knew too well that if you’re in the grips of despair, to retreat is to deny yourself the capacity to overcome your pain and discomfort. Sorrow and misery aren’t the story of your own life story, but one chapter of it. There will be a number of chapters to come and you mustn’t consider your challenges as permanent.
Whilst you may have regrets, remember they are paragraphs contained within the story still being written. What you’re experiencing is not the end of the world because there is so much more to your life’s story to unfold in the years ahead.
What Is Your Soul’s Narrative?
Many folks miss the signs since they’re too busy moving from one thing to another to notice them. They are rarely present and engaged with the now to detect what’s taking place under the surface of their lives. This is since they’re concerned how their lives look to others, that they don’t notice their interior life is slowly crumbling.
In many ways, they’ve forgotten the way to come home to themselves. There’ll come a point when those you love will stand at the edge of your interment, looking down upon you as you are lowered into the floor. They’ll contemplate the exact ideas as I did that day in my dad’s burial.
“Is this it?”
“Surely there’s more to life than this?”
For the most precious gift which you can give to yourself is to deal with each day as though it were you last. Live fully and completely, knowing when the time comes, you may have been completely consumed like a sponge wringed of water. May your life’s story be a compelling narrative lived truthfully.