What’s on Your Tombstone?
A few weeks ago I asked some friends what they’d like written on their tombstone? A few lines which would encapsulate their lives.
Some came up with an answer quickly while others were at a loss for words. A few of them had already bought cemetery plots and one couple had even purchased their headstones. Upon hearing this, I wondered, “how often do they go and stand in the place where they will be buried?” It’s not a morbid question, wisdom teaches us acceptance of our own mortality is the first truth.
An article From The Huffington Post on what it’s like to be 80 years old is interesting. Similar to standing on your own grave, a suit which allows the user to experience the challenges of old age would give a needed perspective to most people.
Several years ago I took a group of young people to visit residents of a nursing home. While we were there one of our more gregarious students stood apart from the group, looking frightened. Going over to him, I asked what was wrong and he replied in a somber tone; “I don’t want to get old.”
“The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre
Getting old is not an option but we can choose not to let it take us by surprise.
Posted on November 22, 2013, in Mindfulness and tagged #God, #inspire, #journey, #kindness, #life, #mindful, #wisdom, #zen, advice, Bible, mindfulness, Peace, Prayer, purpose, quotes, Religion and Spirituality. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.