I didn’t fully realize it at the time but the goal of my life was profoundly molded by this experience – to help produce in the next generation more Mother Teresas and less Hitlers.
We need to teach the next generation of children from day one that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind’s greatest gift also its greatest curse is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear.
Live so you do not have to look back and say: ‘God how I have wasted my life.’
I say to people who care for people who are dying if you really love that person and want to help them be with them when their end comes close. Sit with them – you don’t even have to talk. You don’t have to do anything but really be there with them.
It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up we will then begin to live each day to the fullest as if it was the only one we had.
For those who seek to understand it death is a highly creative force. The highest spiritual values of life can originate from the thought and study of death.
It is difficult to accept death in this society because it is unfamiliar. In spite of the fact that it happens all the time we never see it.
It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather our concern must be to live while we’re alive – to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.
I’ve told my children that when I die to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me death is a graduation.
Those who have the strength and the love to sit with a dying patient in the silence that goes beyond words will know that this moment is neither frightening nor painful but a peaceful cessation of the functioning of the body.
Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes no coincidences all events are blessings given to us to learn from.
The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love which includes not only others but ourselves as well.
People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.