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It is important to recognize death, even if you don’t understand or accept it.  At some point the reality of limited time will catch up with all of us and make it impossible to dodge any longer the question of how you spend your remaining time.  Your purpose and priorities will come front and center, and how you allot your time should be consisted with your values and where you find meaning in life.

Death can be a teacher, and when you are faced with this lesson, you can appreciate that “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”   George Elliot

Other lessons include:  “It is only when you are no longer afraid to die that you can say you are truly alive.”   Rabbi Kushner

“Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.”  George Elliot

“Death, and its ever-present possibility makes love, passionate love, more possible.  I wonder if we could love passionately, if ecstasy would be possible at all, if we knew we’d never die.”  Abraham Maslow.

Love doesn’t die, people do.

 

Some exercises include:  Write your own epitaph, and the three words you would want on your tombstone.

List three things you want to stop doing, and then three things you want to start doing.

 

“Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?  Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”    Mary Oliver

Surely growth, learning and reaching maturity must be a purpose and have meaning for life:

Maslow provides the hierarchy of needs, leading to Self-Actualization

Covey gives the seven habits, leading to Interdependence

Jung writes about the four stages of adulthood, ending when you realize you are a Spiritual being having a human experience.   The first stage is the athlete, when identification is our physical prowess.  The second stage is the warrior, when we extend our prowess to conquering the world – setting goals, accomplishing things, defeating other people.  The third stage is the statesman, when you try to transcend your ego and begin to ask how you can serve and make this a better place.  Many people get to this stage in their lives, but Jung said the highest stage is the fourth stage.  The fourth stage is the spiritual, when you realize that you’re none of the three things – the athlete,  the warrior or the statesman.  When you realize you are a spiritual being having a human experience (rather than the other way around) your consciousness shifts out of the material world and is able to go into the other world.