“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” – Norman Cousins; American Essayist
This is a subject I’ve wanted to write about for awhile, but was uncertain upon how to gradually introduce it into the online conversations we have on here. So I error on the side of caution and gathered my thoughts on the subject in hopes to discuss it at a later date. Well that time has finally come due to the recent news of the deaths of high profile people and the unreal story of the grave robbers in Chicago a few days ago.
A few days ago in a blog article written I made reference to death as a door we all must wall through. Regardless of what faith you subscribe to, if practiced or if any at all, we all can agree that death is a fact of life. We all will die one day. When that time is upon you, what will you are remembered for?
Too often we take life for granted as if we’re promised the next day. We take people for granted as if we will see them again. We act as if we have all the time in the world. You can make this conclusion by the things we say, think and do to each other. The words that are rooted in hate, ignorance and/or opposition towards one another, the lack of concern for each other, and the void of empathy in our actions are just the subtle symptoms of society’s slow death.
Where’s the respect and reverence towards the deceased?
We all listened to certain public individuals and even an elected official offer disparaging remarks about Michael Jackson. We hear similar grumblings in the sports world that surrounds the death of Former Tennessee Titans & Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Steve McNair’s untimely death.
We are so eager to emphasis the negatives of a persons life without giving adequate emphasis to the positives of their life. Not everyone lives a good life, nor is everyone a good in life. We do have evil, despicable or just plain ole bad people who are living or lived among us. I am simply asking all who have the opportunity to do something about their life today to not get to the end of it and have the negatives of your life out weight the positives of it.
The continued effort considering others is not the reoccurring theme of a blogger with a lot to say about what’s on his mind. It’s a simple call to all open-minded enough to embrace and incorporate its meaning. Life is too short to persistently allow yourself to dwell upon the negatives of life and people. You never know when it will be your time to walk through that door. When it is your time, what will be the path others will see you walked in life? Will the mistakes you’ve made be what you would want people to define you in death?
This is one of my favorite quotes regarding life. “If you are called to be a street sweeper, sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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