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In the big scheme of things, our mortal body is on loan from the universe.

And that is the reason why I do not fear death.

I presume I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and I never suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.

Otherwise,where was I before I was born?

Along with the gift of self-awareness comes awareness of our own mortality.

Our battery is running down and can’t be recharged.

We prefer not to think about that, we wish wasn’t so, but the tragedy is that we are mortal, not just that we know we are mortal.

Knowledge yields power, and by
accepting that our time is limited, we can use this information to live better.

How?-you may ask.

By being grateful for the time we have.

We can lament that our time is finite, or we can rejoice that we have any time at all to be alive.

We didn’t do anything to deserve a life.

The sequence of events necessary for us to have arisen out of nothing were so unimaginably improbable that we should
be stunned that we are here at all.

Out of all of the people who could have existed, we are among the small percentage who actually do.

We can complain that we don’t have much time, or we can celebrate that we have a lot of time-think about someone who complains of boredom;this is someone who has a lot of idle time on his hands with nothing to put in it,but still wants more time to live!

At the cosmic scale,our life is an infinitesimal dot between two infinite spans that encompass eternity.

But at the human scale, a lifetime is long enough to do amazing things.

To pursue and master a dozen passions.

To build a hundred friendships.

To love and lose and love again, and again many times over.

To chase our dreams and,if we care enough to work hard, to reach them.

To have an exciting, fulfilling, meaningful,
awesome life.

Each one of us is also hanging from a branch that we call life,which will eventually break.

We must foster the commonality of our plight, foster. empathy and kinship while we still have time to live.

Help others to cope with their mortality and to get the most out of the time they
do have.

Resolve to live as long as you can, and stay as healthy as you can. Grasp the branch firmly; don’t let go and fall before
it actually breaks by killing your soul with worries and fears about the certainity of mortality.

And help others to live healthier, longer
lives as well.

Did you know that we are dying all the time,even as we live?

The child we once were no longer exists; as we change we are continually dying and being reborn into new phases of our life.

With this frame of mind, what we call death affects only the last of a long series of many versions of our own selves, all of whose predecessor phases having already passed on.

We are an incredibly fortunate collection
of atoms forged in stellar furnaces and pulled together by gravity or some deeper, hidden force to create us, as existing live beings,say as opposed to the very same carbon atoms that form rock granite,or diamond.

When we are finished with our body, its atoms will be recycled to further use to serve spirit along its upward journey toward ever more complex and useful forms.

Let’s Celebrate that we can get to participate in such a beautiful process of renewal into new forms that will serve this universe right after our demise!

Maybe,our body atoms will be recycled into trees that will enhace the living environment for those who come after us.

Accepting our own mortality as opposed to resigning to its impotent fate makes us savour life in a very positive way without fearing to take risks .

Let’s take more risks and make life more adventurous.

Each of us descended from an incredibly long and unbroken series of creatures
who survived long enough to reproduce, and so we’re instinctively wired for survival.

This makes us fearful of death but not fearful of living wrong or false to our own convictions.

Ignoring mortality encourages the belief that we have something to lose.

We have nothing to lose in death:it has always been a certainity since the moment we were born.

It is incredible that with the infant mortality that prevailed at the time of my birth,I have had the opportunity to live this long!

And in between,I’ve lost most of my agemates too!

Mortality therefore,is merely a question of when, not if.

We are not risking our life: we are only risking the time we have left, and what we could have experienced and accomplished in that time.

It’s possible to carry this too far and
take too many risks, but most people take too few, and as a result they live unnecessarily dull and mundane lives.

Life shouldn’t be safe;it is death that will be safe. I mean,we can’t be more dead if we are already dead-isnt that safe enough?

It is important that we pursue meaning instead of just being alive for the sake of it.

Some people don’t like to think about mortality because they fear that it renders life meaningless.

What’s the use of struggling so hard if we are to die,they ask.

But the very transient nature of life renders the search for meaning not absurd, but urgent.

This fear results from a focus on the self as a source of meaning.

We,as individuals,cannot encompass all the meaning there is to life.

But we can create meaning that death can’t destroy by looking outside
our self and making a small difference each day by increasing the happiness and reducing the suffering of those around us.

Let’s make a big difference over the course of our life by changing the world a little at a time, doing something to let the future know we were here.

It is important to treat life as an urgent business that must be attended to at THE PRESENT MOMENT.

Trying to prepare for death is largely futile.

Once we are living our ideal life, we will love every day and won’t want it to end.

Closure in death is impossible.

The best we can do to prepare is to do everything we want to do, as often as we can by valuing our time highly and
making the most of every day.

Also, not only is our time finite, but we
probably won’t know in advance when our branch will break.

Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

Let’s sing and dance while we can.

Let’s tell people who mean anything to us how we feel about them, repair our own regrets, and forgive ourselves for having taken life so seriously that we are not able to embrace our own mortality as a part it.

And let’s not say anything that we wouldn’t want to stand as the last thing we ever say to them.

When not sure about what to say to our dear ones,then silence is preferred,even on our death bed.

Let’s not make a practice of ruminating on our mortality as a loss, it’s depressing and counterproductive.

Let’s factor it in to our behaviour towards ourselves and others,and then get on with the main business of living for the time that is left.

Let’s only think about it to the extent that it improves our life, by cultivating gratitude, compassion, selflessness, health, boldness, urgency, and meaning.

B.W~30th July,2015.