This Came Across My Inbox

None of us can really know when our time will come. But when that time does come, when we have to let go of this body, will we be ready? Will we be ready to let go freely and fearlessly? Or will we leave this life grasping to hold on to unfulfilled desires and fears that have never been faced? It all depends on how we are living right here, right now, in this very moment. We are never going to be able to die fearlessly if we can’t live fearlessly. Almost every day we have opportunities to embrace life fully, to be authentic and free from pretense, to do the right thing for the right reasons and to rise to the highest. But do we take those opportunities? Usually not, because we think we still have time. Unfortunately most of us have to suffer a great deal before it begins to dawn on us that we really don’t have time, and the most important thing is that we give everything right now. Imagine that we knew we were going to die tomorrow. Perhaps then we would recognize that every second counts. To be ready to die, we have to be ready to live. To live with such care, humility, passion and fearlessness that the future disappears in the fullness of the eternal present. Only then will the precious time we have in this human form be able to make a real difference in this world.
–Andrew Cohen