“It’s not that I am afraid of dying – I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” ~ Woody Allen.
Most of us are afraid of dying.
The great unknown terrifies us.
We seek security in belief systems that give us hope and a sense of knowing what will happen when we die.
Ultimately we all die. And none of us know for 100% certain what happens when we do.
I recently listened to Matthew O’Reilly (TED talks 2014) who is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, speaking about what happens when a patient asks him if they are going to die.
Matthew speaks of common responses when there is nothing he can do to save a life and he answers with honesty.
When people are aware they are dying they need forgiveness. They regret being selfish with time and wish they had loved more deeply. They wish to be remembered and they want to feel they have made an impact on this world.
Knowing that we are all going to die; what choices should we make knowing that these things are what really matters when the time comes.
Forgiveness, legacy, impact and love. That’s what really matters.
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