A widow’s husband was about to be buried. Family, relatives and friends gathered at the funeral home for the wake.
When the pallbearers were carrying the casket out of the funeral parlour, they accidentally bumped it against the exit door, and lo and behold the man came back to life.
Some years later the husband died again. This time, following the prayers at the mortuary, the widow looked at the pallbearers, as they were bringing the casket out, and said to them, “Go slow and pay attention. Please, make sure you don’t hit the door again!”
Monk and author Thomas Merton once said that in considering any important decision in life, and certainly in considering our priorities in life, it’s imperative to “consult our death.”
Remembering that we all have an expiration date can help us live our lives to the fullest.
After visiting the doctor, a man called his wife, crying.
His wife asked, “What’s the matter honey?”
He said, “Well, the doctor has given me these pills, and I have to take one each day for the rest of my life.”
And his wife asked, “So why are you upset?”
He answered, “The doctor only gave me four pills.”
Source | Based on Paul Coutinho sj, HOW BIG IS YOUR GOD. Page 107
PONDER AND CONSIDER
To live fully and freely we need to accept the transitoriness of life. It is all impermanent. We are just passing through. Life is a constant flux. Everything is constantly changing.
A story is told about an American tourist’s visit to the 19th century rabbi, Hofetz Chaim:
Astonished to see that the rabbi’s home was only a simple room filled with books, plus a table and a bench, the tourist asked,
“Rabbi, where is your furniture?”
“Where is yours?” replied the rabbi.
“Mine?” asked the puzzled American. “But I’m a visitor here. I’m only passing through.”
“So am I,” said Hofetz Chaim.
Source | Christopher News Notes
PONDER AND CONSIDER
Many give the impression that they’re here on planet earth forever. How aware are you of your transience? What is the unnecessary “furniture” that you are lugging around wherever you go? Is there anything concrete you can do to enjoy a simpler lifestyle and a more meaningful life?