“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. 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. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked.”
— Steve Jobs
Mr. Jobs was, of course, on to something. All one need do is to seriously imagine that today could be the last day of their life. That changes everything. The desire to simply sit on the couch, just surf the internet, play video games, and such drops. The strength to the things we know are important increases.
Along this line I’m learning to see suffering and sickness as help tools as well. Both provide a clarity I rarely encounter when I’m feeling healthy and having a good time. If anything, when all is well with me health wise, I don’t give God the glory as I should, despite my having prayed for the very health and goodness He has blessed me with. Lord have mercy.
In any case, may I learn to ponder death daily.