“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” – Rabindranath Tagore
There are so many ways to die. I remember the old saying – to live many lives, you have to die many deaths. Sounds morbid. Actually, it’s not. It’s the most joy filled times of life.
Death here is symbolic death, metaphorical death. We see ourselves in a new way and choose to let go of – die to – an old way of being that no longer serves. We become the caterpillar transforming into the butterfly. A life well lived is filled with many deaths – metamorphosis after metamorphosis. We learn to fly at new heights every moment. See the world from completely new vantage points. What a trip!
Now, if we choose not to die to the old, then what? A whole lot of stress for starters. All life is in constant motion. We are either expanding or contracting. We are never staying the same. When we attempt to hold onto the status quo, we are setting ourselves up for failure. It’s just simply not possible. It’s easy to fall into denial and fantasy. Life isn’t real and is filled with disappointments.
Some of us want to stay young – maybe age 8 or 17 or 25. For some those were utopian ages. Nothing wrong with being young at heart. I’m all for that. Any age is simply a point in the circle of life – a time that was full and right and now has passed. This moment – this magical, precious moment is really all that is ever real. Here – right now – is where real love is. Where real people are. Where we are truly alive. If we are always living in the past, we miss the dawn of this moment.
Consider looking around your life. Maybe it’s time to put out a few lamps – maybe the dawn has come and you just haven’t noticed?