Seize the time… Live now. Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.
Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart – Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Everything dies. It is just a question of when.
Life was never inevitable. There was no possible preparation for life. It happened. However, death is inevitable for everything that lives. If enlightenment is the absolute acceptance of the inevitable, there is no need to fear death. It is part of the cycle along with life. Were you afraid to be born?
If I knew it was going to rain tomorrow with the same absolute certainty I know I am going to die someday, I would carry an umbrella. I would prepare myself as best I could for the storm to come.
I know how to prepare for the rain but how do I prepare for death. Death is an ending and a beginning. Life is the journey. A journey which seems easier as I now travel along with it rather than fighting. Life even in its ebb is still a wonder to me. I believe I will always exist as some form of energy because I believe I always have but I will no longer exist as Me. This physical manifestation and energy I call Tao.
With this change of consciousness, maybe I will have new material for future dreams. The Death of this physical body is just another transition, an inevitable transformation. I just do not want growing old to be the hard part. I am more afraid of growing old and being unable to care for myself than I am of Death. In such a situation, Death would be a welcomed guest. Although He has knocked a few times, He has not taken me yet. I still have days to play.
Thanks Snoopy for the reminder.
Photo Credit: Charles Monroe “Sparky” Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000). Creator of ”Peanuts.”