A morbid thought? I don’t think it has to be a morbid thought, as much as an organizing thought.
It brings things into focus.
Years ago, I met a man who was dying from cancer. He was focused, determined. His prognosis was terminal, so that was not his determination. He was determined to live out the rest of his life to the fullest. He spent his time working on projects dear to him. He made apologies and amends to those whom he felt he had hurt. He was letting his loved ones know they were loved.
His imminent death gave him focus.
One day, he turned to me, after I told him how much I respected how he was facing death, and said, “What about YOUR death?”
“What?,” I asked. I wasn’t the one dying, after all.
Then he said, “YOU are going to die, too. Maybe after me, maybe before me. But you will die, too. Don’t wait. There may be no waiting.”
Death has a way of rearranging your priorities.
Listen to this week’s podcast to ponder death and YOUR life.