Life in Death Revealed

Growing up as little boy, death was one feature that gripped my young heart. The thought about me dying someday was depressing; it almost sent me into tears every time.

I often would think: “what goes on in the ‘mind’ of a dead person? Do they even know that they are dead? Do they know that they lived? Don’t they get bored to be dead … forever or however long? Don’t they suffocate when they are buried? Don’t they miss life?” These and many other questions troubled my heart Now, most of these questions may sound funny … even unreasonable but what more do you expect from the mind of a 7, 8 or 9 year old. They don’t take things for granted … they are out to understand why.

The problem was compounded by the fact that I never really got satisfactory or congruent answers on death, its origin and things like that. All I heard where myths. Plus in a society I grew up in, it was taboo for a young boy or girl to talk about such. It was the domain for the gray haired. So … for the most part, I kept everything in my heart.

Now this is certainly not something unique to me; to this day, there are many questions that remain in people’s hearts concerning the subject of death. That it is real is self evident… it is the subject of life after death that is of much deliberation and remains a mystery… at least for many people.

Regardless of the thoughts you have about death… one thing is clear; death has something to teach us about life…and that is the subject of contemplation in my article today.

There are a few places where that greater lesson about death is well stated than in Steve Jobs commencement address delivered on 12th June 2005 to graduates at Stanford University in California USA, “remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

According to this great technologist and inventor of our time, the mere thought of him dying was “the most important tool that he ever encountered to help him make the big choices in life because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

The greatest revelation of death is the revelation of what is truly important in life. Robin Sharma brings it home so beautifully when he observes “I have yet to read an obituary that says, ‘he died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his lawyer, his stockbroker and his accountant’. No, the great ones all speak of being close to loved ones and of the impact the deceased had on the world around them.”

We all get our lessons eventually; for some, it is in death; for others it is in life. Either way, we do the choosing… save to say that you don’t have to wait for death to come knocking on your door to get the greater revelation of life; it is not necessary.

Are you happy with your life? The journey to connect your-self back to what is truly important begins today. You don’t have to postpone it any longer. Today, you can begin improving and enjoying your relationships; today you can begin not only to pursue your dreams but live them; today you can begin working towards that which you have always desired for your life; today you can begin giving yourself the happiness you have been postponing. You don’t have to wait any longer…not even the materialization of your most coveted goals should keep you from being the happy person that you were meant to be. Your life begins TODAY.

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