Life Defining Moments

15 05 2008

Life has a way to take us through many routes and places along our personal journey. At times dramatic events are the ones to move us forward or bury us alive; love and death come to mind.

To me love is the force that make all things possible, without love there is no life. But today I want to talk about death.

Death is the reality we all need to face at one time or another but that we many times choose to ignore. Nobody prepare us for the experience and each death encounter is different from the next. I’ve heard that the book Preparation for Death is an excellent one in this regard. Every time I come face to face with death is an opportunity to welcome the reality that pain and sorrow is an integral part of life, it’s life changing. It’s also a reminder that this is not our home, it’s the battle ground for our soul.

When someone dies, not only the person’s life goes through our mind but our very own existence up to that point. The experience transform us. We question why it had to happen? What are we still doing here? What is the reason for our existence? When will our time come? What memory of us would we leave behind? In a dramatic encounter with death even our own spirit can feel shattered and the light of hope and joy that once was part of our life leave us for a while, sometimes forever.

Faith is what helps deal with death, as Christians we know that death is a process towards a new life, not the end. We feel lost because we can’t see the person anymore and we long to hear their voice, but they still exist, they have been transformed and one day we will be reunited with them. One consolation is that the person won’t have to continue with their earthly struggle, the one we have to endure still and in the case of a long painful sickness, they are not suffering anymore. Even then not all of that justifies their parting from our life, all we can do is trust and believe in the promises made to us by God.

The best thing we can do with this experience is to let it transform us in a positive way; treasuring and living every moment of our life realizing that our life could end at any given moment. Doing our best to live our earthly mission today and don’t leave anything for tomorrow. Embracing life with passion and joy, being true to who we are and what we stand for. Like Paulo Coelho says: Die Living.

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Clary Lopez, author of Simplicity, Richness of Life

To Nydia and Jason with love


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8 responses

16 05 2008
David Reyes

Magnifico!! bello hermoso, precioso, MU@@@Kis

16 05 2008
bels

One of the best blog i’ve read. Life is trully an amazing journey. Thank you for this blog…:)

16 05 2008
clary

Thank you David and Bels, I’m honored by your visits and comments.

16 05 2008
Juan Jose Montes

Demasiado real!! el quinto parrafo explica exactamente lo que pase cuando mi padre fallecio, en el sexto parrafo, me das la respuesta a lo que yo no realizaba en aquel entonces. Te digo con toda sinceridad, aunque ya hace 2 a~os de eso, leyendo esos ultimos dos parrafos me dio una sensacion de paz e inmensa tranquilidad.
Gracias! Juan Jose

16 05 2008
clary

Juan Jose, lamento mucho tu perdida, un padre es alguien especial en la vida. Me alegro haber podido darte paz y tranquilidad de alguna manera con mis humildes palabras. Muchas bendiciones.

16 05 2008
Edroc Neb

Death is certainly a reality. God isn’t. The only reason people believe in a God is because they’re brainwashed as children. Later it becomes an easy way to explain their existence and the creation of the universe instead of trying to get their heads round the laws of physics and Darwin’s theory of evolution. What possible reason would a god have for creating us and then inflicting such random misery, suffering,and catastrophe upon his/ her unfortunate subjects. Unless of course he’s abandoned us as a bad joke. What utter rubbish religion is but thankfully 17 million Brits no longer believe and have joined the clans of the Humanists like myself. And anyway given time we would eventually find this god and destroy it for crimes against humanity, for that is what it would be guilty of. Religion is for the primitives, not the intelligent. Join the clan why don’t you and stop preaching things you know nothing about. I don’t mean to be offensive but your sanctimonious patronising crap gets right up my nose.

19 05 2008
Manuel Mendoza

Death is a Passage of Life,,,We have almost all lost someone in that passage
depending on the love ,the bond both of you had,you remember them through-
out your life existence.
Some of Us,have had that strange feeling of death,
and only to see the glimer of the light only to be held back and told it was your
time to go.
Or in the battle of the streets to hold a community frm destruction,
frm within.
For others it has been the battlefield in an Unknown Country,and
Hopening you get home in one piece,
Or a Deises that has taken your strengh
your dignityto be let go,but you can not even move or say Anything at all.
For life and Death they both have there own frnds to keep them company.
bUT LIKE cLARY SAID wE WHO ARE cHRISTIANS,wE bELIVE THAT OUR SOUL
WILL TRAVEL TO sEE THE EverENDING hEAVENS THAT WAiT FOR uS,wITH
ouR fATER WhO aRT IN hEAVEN,wAITING WITH oPEN aRMS,,
bUT yOU mUST bELIVE IN jESUs oUR hEAVENLY fATHER,,
fOR MANY OTHERS tHEY TO HAVE THEIR OWN pASSaGE TO cOME hOME TO.

bUT fOR mE ,i’VE CROSS bOTH LIGHTS AND i Do “BeLive!!!!

20 05 2008
Jason P.

Not to sould trite, but one saying from a famous prison film -Shawshank Redemption: “get busy living, or get busy dying,” comes to mind.

As always, inspiring.

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