Death: A Daily Motivation

When we think of death we think of the end of our existence as it is. However, the importance of remembering our death on a daily basis can be a great motivator for us to become what we expect ourselves to be. We all have an inner ideal of ourselves.

If someone was to play a game that had no end, what would happen to that game? The players would not give their best performance. The fact that the game ends, makes the game interesting, exciting and worth fighting over. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) taught us to remember death every day, he said, “The hearts get rusted” and that they get polished by the remembrance of death. He taught to live everyday as if it were the last. When people think of the last “days” of their life, they think of being their best. So if one was life everyday of their life as their last, they would live their best, do things that they always “wanted” to do, be nice to people, have more patience, express your love.

In psychology there is an exercise called the “Deathbed Exercise”. In which a person lays down and imagines saying good bye to all beloved in ones lives. You imagine each person who know come to you, imagine that last conversation. What happens after this experience is one learns to relive his/her life over and over again. That means a person realizes what is most important of oneself. The feelings one has for those one loves that go unexpressed.

Pretending you are not going to die is detrimental to the enjoyment of life. It is detrimental in the same way that it would be detrimental for a basketball player to pretend there was no end to the game he was playing. That player would reduce his intensity, would not take every opportunity to make a shot, adopt a lazy playing style, in the end have no fun but see the game as a burden. Without an end, there is no game. Without being conscious of death, you can’t be fully aware of the gift of life.

Yet many of us (including myself) keep pretending that our life’s game will have no end. We keep planning to do great things some day when we feel like it. We find ourselves saying, “Someday I’ll do this.” And “Someday I’ll do that.”

Confronting our own death doesn’t have to wait until we run out of life. In fact, being able to vividly imagine our last hours on deathbed creates a paradoxical sensation: the feeling of being born all over again— the first step to fearless self-motivation.

People living deeply have no fear of death.
–Anais Nin

He who is not busy being born is busy dying.

Want to be motivated about something? Think about your deathbed, think about you know you should do or how you can improve yourself, and now think how would you feel if at your deathbed someone you love asks you why you had or had not done something that you could have, but didn’t, think you have a lot of time, living life as if you there is no end.

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