Who has time for death?

“Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionately to their occupancy of your thoughts.”
– Mary Baker Eddy

I woke up this morning feeling melancholy. Thinking about death. Steeped in gloom. Full of fear. I’ve lost a lot of people dear to me this year – and some of them have not been much older than me. Some of them have been younger. And all of that led my thoughts down a dark and dreary road as I woke to a new day – pondering the how, why, when, and where of my own demise.

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I asked my husband what he was planning to do today and he mentioned some work he needed to do in his orchard. That reminded me that I had been hoping to dig up some crocosmia bulbs that aren’t getting enough sunshine in my Secret Garden, and transfer them to the front yard. So I grabbed a shovel and headed back to the garden. Spent some time rooting around for the bulbs and re-planted them in the front of the house. But while I’d been back in the Secret Garden I’d discovered blackberry vines trying to take over back there. And my butterfly bush and climbing rose needed some pruning. And the clematis and grape vines had gotten completely out of control. Accordingly, I fetched some pruning shears and the wheelbarrow and went back, again, to my garden to try to bring some order to the chaos.

I spent a good part of the day working outside in the fresh air, in the dirt and among the living things – digging, pruning, loading stuff up in the wheelbarrow to add to our brush pile. And while I was working I didn’t think about death for even one moment. I was on a mission. I had purpose. I had before me the vision of what the crocosmia were going to look like when they bloomed, and the hummingbirds that would be attracted to them, and the roses that would bloom on the climbing rose bush, and the butterflies that would flit among the butterfly bush branches come spring.

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As the sun started setting, I headed out to the local supermarket to get fixings for dinner. And look what was waiting for me!

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Now I ask you – who has time to think about death when there’s so much of Life that invites our attention?

I’ve decided my job right now is to live. I want to be where the living people are.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
– Philippians 4:8

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Who has time for death?

  1. This is great and exactly what I needed to hear tonight . Someone I know , he was not exactly a “friend” but I have known him for a long time , he died on Christmas Day. He ate Christmas dinner and said he was not feeling well and went to his bedroom and then died. He was only 47 . I try to think of Mrs Eddys teaching and to never record ages but it is hard at times. I do believe though , as she taught , that if the world gave up its belief that death is inevitable, it would change some things , maybe just a little at first, but Mrs Eddy taught in the chapter Creation in Science and Health “Eternal Truth is Changing the Universe” ! I love that , it may be my favorite verse from Science and Health. Rick

    • 2017 has just been… well, it has been a particularly challenging year for me. The kind of thing you describe here – the youngish man dying so unexpectedly – that’s the kind of thing that has been happening around me all year. It’s just weird. (I should probably mention that – except for my 89 year-old mom – the folks who have passed have not been CSists – thought I should probably clear that up right away.) I feel like I’ve learned a lot about death AND about immortality this year. And about Life, God. “Eternal Truth IS changing the Universe.” Here’s another good one from Science and Health: “…the whole earth will be transformed by Truth on its pinions of light, chasing away the darkness of error.”
      – Mary Baker Eddy

  2. Thank you for your thought provoking blog – I love reading what you have to share and always find something helpful and inspiring to take with me…. blessings to you and your family.

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