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Why Not Be Ready?

On Apr 13, 2013 david doane wrote:

 As I read this piece, I remembered a favorite passage of mine (from The Evening Gatha): "Let me respectfully remind you, life and death are of supreme importance.  Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost.  Each of us should strive to awaken.  Awaken!  Take heed, do not squander your life."  I've been focusing for a while now on the reality that life and death are occurring constantly.  This piece also reminds me that one day will be my last day in this physical body of mine, and that is a reality that is also valuable to keep in mind.  If today was my last day in this life  and I knew that, I suppose I would be thinking of happinesses and good fortunes that I have had and I would be grateful, and I would be sad that this life experience is ending, and I would ache over some regrets, and I would want to have another contact and good bye with people that are dearest to me, and I'd be wondering in a more focused way what will happen and what will I be and do after I die in this life, and I'd have some scaredness about post this death, and I'd be hoping for a peaceful transition, and I would be happy that I got to have this life, and I'd likely have at least brief flashes wondering whether traditional things I was taught about post death would happen, and I'd be sad and missing those people and this life that I would imagine I won't get to live anymore.  I think keeping in mind that there will be a last day of this earthly bodily experience is good for my evolution because it reminds me that this time is limited which encourages and motivates me to use it well.  I don't think I was forced but I was strongly oriented as a child to think that today could be my last day so be ready, and I remember it as a scary message and warning.  Now I think more in terms of living each day as though it is may be my last, which I don't very often do, and I experience the thought as positive and worthwhile to keep in mind.  Thanks for the important reminder. 

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