Reasons to Remember Death

It might be useful to dwell on the prospect of death more than we are inclined to.

We’re scared to fail, scared to be alone with our own feelings, scared to eject certain people from our lives, scared to tell our partners who we really are, scared to take our dreams seriously.

From fear, we delay the lives we know we should be leading. A dark but useful solution to this delay – aligning our thoughts to something radically larger and scarier then our doubts and hesitations…the thought of death.

Use the thought of death to shake us into more committedly pursuing the life we know we need to lead

We will act when the fear of death is allowed to trump the fear of failure or humiliation – compromise or shame.

We need to nurture fear

Frighten yourself at every turn – consider how often cancer and heart disease strike far ahead of the average death age

Read of the violent ways of strokes and aneurysms.

Talk to people at 55 and let them explain to you how swiftly their years went.

Terrify yourself not in the name of despair but of impatient, courageous authenticity.

People used to buy a skull and place it on their desk to keep their thoughts focused

Fear is the big obstacle to doing the important stuff – deliberately scare yourself about the only thing you need to fear and thereby be liberated to get on with everything else that so badly needs doing