A friend of mine had a dream to be successful. She studied hard for it and eventually worked hard for it too. Just when she thought she was on her way up the corporate ladder, she found herself sick and hospitalized. Her realization is that at any given time, whatever we work hard for, whether it be the money or a corporate position, it can be taken away in a second.
This is also true of another person that shared his experience while driving. He was out on the road when suddenly out of nowhere came a truck and an accident occurred. It was a miracle that he survived without getting hurt.
Yes, it can take just a second to lose it all. We then realize what is most important in life.
That is why my dear friends, three reflections people have when they come face to face with mortality.
- Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust. We came into this world with nothing and we are leaving this world with nothing. Further, all that we have is only temporary. Let us learn the virtue of Gratitude, whether in plenty or simplicity, and the virtue of Letting Go because all is only lent to us.
- What Really Matters. Once, Jesus was asked which is the most important of all commandments? His response tells us: Love for God and Love for Neighbor. Love for God makes perfect sense because all things in life are passing and only God is constant.
- Live in the Now. Saint Felipe Neri has a great formula of living in the present: treat each day as if it were the first day of your life, in that sense, one will be grateful. He also added, treat each day as if it were the last day of your life, as one will know what is essential and important in life. To live in the now, we should always be grateful and know what is essential in life.
As human beings, we do not like to deal with loss. However, let us remember that in life there are no losses. What we think we may have lost, just comes back in another way. When we lose the desire for earthly possessions then we gain the desire for heavenly possessions.