Die a good death
Death is a scary thing for many people to talk about or think about.
But meditating on Death is important, because Death is a very powerful teacher.
Death teaches us that all things are transitory. Nothing is permanent. Life comes, and then it goes as well.
And in fact, life is a very fragile thing. It can go at any moment.
Death teaches us that all are equal before it. No matter who our parents were, no matter how much status or wealth we acquire, we leave this world as empty as we arrived.
That is a truth that is the the same for everyone.
We shouldn’t be scared of Death. Instead, we should use the inevitability of Death to construct a powerful philosophy about what it means to live a good life.
My mantra about Death can be summed up in four words: Die a good death.
What do I mean by, “Die a good death?”
I think it’s pretty simple, actually.
When it is time for me to go, I want to look back on my life, and I want to be able to say that I made every effort. That I used my time as best I could, to push the world in a positive direction.
I want to be able to look at the people who will hopefully be with me when I transition, and say to them that I am ready to go. That I can die a good death.
Whether your death is tomorrow, or (hopefully) many decades from now, the sentiment should be the same.
Live your life so that when Death comes for you, no matter the moment, you can say at that time that, “you lived a good life” -- and that you can now die a good death.
Your life will change dramatically if you live like this. Every day becomes precious, and an opportunity to put things in order. Every moment will be utilized to maximize your positive impact. Your thoughts will become focused and pure. And you will stop being so afraid of Death. You will have a deeper understanding of what it means to die -- and what it means to live.
So I say to you, today and tomorrow, until it is my own time to go: Die a good death.