Remembering that I will be dead soon is the most important tool I have ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important (Steve Jobs).
Human beings are creatures of clay, a thing of dust that can be crushed like a moth. Someone may be alive in the morning, but die before evening comes. Animals die and some people eat them, but people die, and that is the end of them. They die, and where are they? Like rivers that stop running and lakes that go dry, people die never to rise. They will never wake up, they will never stir from their sleep.
Like birds suddenly caught in a trap, like fish caught in a net, we are trapped at some evil moment when we least expect it. At a funeral ground, when you watch people weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, it implies that a heart is broken. Some cry to go with the death but change their voice when they get to the graveyard. At the cemetery, God is being called to lead the dead, and give him/her a resting place. That should tell you the preciousness of life and that God is the ultimate. No matter how deep people cry, they will never go with you to the grave. When you are alive, people would love to travel with you, but no man would like to go with you when you are dead. It’s just a reminder that you came alone and you will leave alone.
Where will those who plan trouble and do evil today be tomorrow? Tomorrow is untold and undefined.
Today, we are too busy dressing up to the party, going to lecture, hobnobbing with our friends at the best beer bars and restaurants, boasting about our positions, our certificates, cars, houses, etc until tomorrow takes us by surprise when we see nothing around but alone in the grave. Money and power are not permanent, so don’t put any of these in front of everything. Why then do some people say “you are not my class and I don’t expect you to talk when I’m talking”. The truth of the matter is, we may not be the same today, but the same fate is waiting for us. Death is real, death is inevitable.
Today, people are following and hailing you because you have the papers and the riches of men. Don’t put money in front of everything and don’t focus on narrow-minded materialism.
In this world, if you find yourself wondering, don’t blame anybody, not your parents, your brothers and friends. Life is an individual responsibility. God has made things plain and simple, but we have made things very complicated.
In the journey of life, don’t be upset when someone becomes rich, when his wealth grows even greater, he cannot take it with him when he dies; his wealth will not go with him to the grave. So why have you harboured envy, bitterness, anathema, jealousy, greed, etc? Human beings, be they tall or short, rich or poor, great or small are like a puff of breath. On the scale of nature, we weigh nothing, we are lighter than breath.
Society has made us too busy that we don’t bother about the lives of others. Some take pleasure in the suffering of others. Some people who have made it in life are locked in a competition that, they don’t want anyone to surpass them. Do we feel disheartened when we see people lying mercilessly on the street? What a great world it would be if those who have climbed to the top also try to lift others. To me, love to humanity is our greatest task.
Don’t think of amassing wealth only for yourself. If you sleep today and don’t wake up tomorrow, then it means someone has to carry you to your grave. At this time, your mansions or big cars cannot carry you to your grave.
The best thing you can do on this earth is to love your neighbour, seeing the same blood in all. Just one day, we will leave the Earth. In any way that you can help a brother or a sister, is either now or never. You don’t know what will happen between now and then.
You must be a game-changer in someone’s life. Some people are going through a lot. Sometimes it takes just a smile, acceptance, visit, call, message, a warm embrace to ease them off the stress and pain. Everybody needs somebody. Let’s be good to one another. That is the essence of life (Prince Ayerakwa).
What we should understand is this: Give strength to feeble hands, encourage someone who has stumbled, weak and tired. Be an eye for the blind and feet for the lame, care for strangers, and be a father to the needy. Don’t watch orphans go hungry. We leave this world just as we entered it—with nothing. Despite all our work, there is nothing we can take with us.
Don’t send me flowers when I’m dead. If you like me, send them while I’m alive (Brian Clough).