Maybe its just me, but I have come to find that self actualised individuals don’t fear death.
Prior to his death Bob Collymore alluded to the fact that his knowing that death was near, following his cancer diagnosis, makes one focus on the portant things in life, unlike one who is healthy. It is almost like when healthy, we take life for granted.
Steve Jobs jumps to mind when I read of Bob Collymore’s sentiments on death. Steve, even before he was diagnosed with the rare form of pancreatic cancer, knew he wouldn’t live long. He knew this from his natural intuition which was strengthened by practising Zen Buddhism. It is fomr this reason, he married early and innovated relentlessly, so much so that on his death bed, he had four years of Apple products planned out. To him creating great things was the most important thing than anything else in his life.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Death is very likely the singles best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” He is quoted in biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.
Dr MylescMunroe prophesied his death as well, and talked about dying accidentaly. He said in part “…If you die today as a leader, leaving the studio in an accident, what happens to your organization? Your church? Your business? If it dies when you die, you are a failure. This is why, in our organisation, I am unnecessary.” Two weeks later he died in a jet crash.
But what really are these important things in life that death seems to make so profound. Health, love, and an honourable way to make a living. That’s what.
When one of the threee things are out of place, then we end up unhappy and unable to fulfill our life duty.
It then begs the question, if you knew when you are going to die, how differently would you live your life?