death-copingI saw a death announcement the other day for an eighty-three year old man that said he passed away unexpectedly. Really? I don’t know about you, but if I make it to eighty-three I am going to be expecting death at any time – and I am going to make sure my family expects it on my behalf, too. In fact, right now part of my spiritual practice is to be intensely aware that none of us knows when we are going to die and so death could come at any moment. That’s not a limited or macabre thought, it’s reality. When we understand the truth that any of us could die at any moment, I believe it leads us to lead our life in a way that’s more fully alive. We don’t put things off until next year because we realize each year is a gift and there is no guarantee any of us will see next year. Is there someone you love? Tell them now. Is there some change you want to make in your life? Make it now. Don’t find yourself dead at eighty-three, or fifty-three, and wondering, “how in the world did that happen?”

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