Saturday, October 15, 2011

Two Funerals (Again)

"Now listen-- you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.
What is your life? You are a mist that appears for little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." As it is, you boast and brag...."
A guy named James said that. (Don't know his last name).
Steve jobs said, “Remember to live life as if every day were your last. One day, you will be right”--
Charlotte Perkins Gilmore said, "Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time. You're living in it now. 

The question one must ask is, what is the core set
of reality/beliefs/truth
underneath your daily actions and plans?

Today i went to a funeral for the husband of an old friend. He was a man spoken of with great respect. He was an extremely honorable man, a humble man, a man whose work and family life was infused with integrity and thoughtfulness. My tears were brought on by the thought of this phrase: "Well done, good and faithful servant." For some reason, the bittersweet moment of those words, of transparent truth, made my heart swell for a humble man, a man who made his wife happy. In the end, the truth is known.
In the end, the light from a thousand little sacrifices and tenthousand burdens borne and gifts given and challenges met together form a Luminous Grace that envelops us--as we pattern ourselves after Love, Love then beckons to us and appears as heaven.
I think it was alan watts who said that to those who do evil, Love appears as Hell. Catherine of Siena i think said that when Love is Everywhere, no escape, for those who love it is heaven and for those who hate it is hell... Who fears the light?

Th other funeral was for a Friend who appeared to die too young, as if we know when the right time is. He too left a legacy of folks who spoke highly of him, as a joyful character, a truly nice person and one who made others feel happy as well. He seemed to know, as steve jobs mentioned, "Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. ... Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. " He had many great strengths and skills that he did not show off, but again, was simple in his daily gift of living, giving to others.
It is interesting to ponder that You --whoever you are-- came into being at a certain time and you will leave a certain time. You don't know what was before and you don't know what is coming, do you?
what are the contrails of your life?
If you have never been close to death, if you have not almost died, you should try it.
It is a great gift to prepare for death, whether SUDDENLY or with a week  or four to prepare.
Unless you've decided
we are all just flotsam and jetsom, molecules accidentally knocking about
and no such thing as "sacred" or "divine" forget mysterious or mystical or afterlife of soul or self. In which case you may have a noninterference clause and you might just live and let live, live a rich life of good cheese and wine, screw somalia and wall street, there will be no memory, no consequense, no future no past, and if all is ground up matter dissipating with no heart who is there to care anyway?

(If you can't change your mind
how do you know it works?)

Here is a story about death from a Taxi Cab Driver.

and one of a soldier:

our interconnectedness

and isn't the truth that nothing really matters regarding our work and interactions but how well we love?


the question is why care

How is your Saturday going?

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