“If you have lived your life, you will welcome death. It will come like a rest, like a great sleep. If you have peaked, climaxed in your life, then death is a beautiful rest, a benediction. But if you have not lived, then of course death creates fear. If you have not lived, then certainly death is going to take time from your hands, all future opportunities to live. In the past you have not lived, and there is going to be no future: fear arises. Fear arises not because of death but because of unlived life.”
-Osho, The Art of Living and Dying
In my humble opinion if there was ever a quote that really provided a clear reality check for me it is this one. I have to admit it isn’t the most joyous topic talking about death but it’s message is clear. In today’s quote Indian Religious leader Osho points out that when we have lived a full life, we have taken full advantage of all opportunities and essentially left no stone unturned. This essentially prevents fear from creeping in. It is of utmost importance that we are dictating our own narrative and not letting time pass us by or having someone else dictate how they think we should live our lives.. The thing is this: we never know when our last day on this earth will be so why live a life of fear? It serves no purpose and winds up wasting precious time. Once we become more self aware with this the better we will be in living this life that we have been blessed with to the fullest.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards improving your self awareness?