HE SAYS:

There was a scene from a movie which was recently played out in real life that I found very interesting and revealing.   An extremely wealthy man had just died of cancer and his friends mused that there must truly be no cure for cancer if this man could not find one with all of his money.

It is true that death is the great equalizer.  No one is immune nor does anyone have enough power, money, connections, fame, or righteousness to dodge the Grim Reaper.  Whether we are mighty or weak, whether we are rich or living in abject poverty, whether we are extremely famous or living in total obscurity, or whether we are a saint or a sinner we all have, at least, one thing in common, we all share the same destiny with death.

I know that I am stating the obvious, but it is still a compelling observation that we are all equal in death.   No matter where life takes us, we should recognize that we are all bound by the limitations of our mortality and that in the final analysis we all share the same fate.  There is a facetious saying that life is a game and the winner is the one who dies with the most toys.   In death, however, there are no winners or losers regardless of who you were in life.   No one is less dead because he enjoyed a higher station in life.  As they say, you can’t take it with you and none of us get to come back and do it all over again.

The prospect of death should not cause us to live our lives with any less purpose; however, I also believe that the inevitable fact of our demise should cause us to put our lives in the proper perspective.   In the scheme of things, our lifetime goes by in the blink of an eye before we enter the vast unknown of eternity.   In light of that reality, why not look at your life as a feast of experiences to be savored as you strive to find as much fulfillment as possible but tempered with the realization that it is all transient.

Even though life is a once in a lifetime opportunity, some people look at life as a long and arduous ordeal to be endured or as nothing more than a test of their worthiness when, in reality, life is a short, exhilarating and, sometimes, bittersweet adventure to be pursued with gusto.

Since none of us knows whether our death will be a transition into a glorious afterlife or a one way ticket to oblivion, perhaps, the answer is to simply do the best you can, don’t take yourself too seriously, and enjoy the ride as it will all be over in a flash.

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