We should all strive to learn before we die, what we are running from, and to, and why. James Thurber
In a Baghdad marketplace, there was a servant who bumped into death himself. Terrified, the man dropped his purchases and ran home on foot.
When he arrived, he breathlessly begged his master, “Please, may I borrow your fastest horse? I met Death in the marketplace and he gestured to me like he was about to take me, so I ran here as fast as I could, I must escape from him!”
The master said, “Take my fastest steed, and perhaps you can outrun death tonight. Flee to Sammara, for he will never find you there.”
The master then went to the marketplace, and when he saw Death, he asked, “Why did you threaten my poor servant when he was here earlier today?”
Death replied, “I wasn’t threatening him. I was just shocked to see him. You see, I was expecting to meet up with him tonight, — In Sammara.”
Courageous Dreaming – Alberto Villoldo, PH.D
I have just spent a week at the beach, and the stillness and beauty of the water and sky, really helped re-balance my energy and increase my gratefulness.
My 32yr old cousin has now been told he is terminal and has a 5% chance to live. This news is a sobering reminder that none of us can outrun our death. Where and when Death meets us, is not for us to know, but we do have a choice how we live.
Fear of our death causes us to rush about here and there, doing whatever we can to outwit it, only to feel trapped and unfulfilled in life. Our excuses are rooted in our fears. Our justification is that we don’t have enough money, resources or time.
When we understand deeply that we could face our death at any time, it is only then, we can have the courage, to truly live.