Have you ever experienced something so memorable that it is impossible to forget it? Most of us forget a large percentage of the people we meet, the places we go, the events we experience. But certain things make space and stick out in our minds and are never forgotten. Why? What’s special about those memorable times? why do we always get back to those memories?
Our Life is full of experiences or events and our memory stores in the form of a movie consisting of audio, video, action, emotions, belief, judgements and learning associated with that memory. When we remember an event, it is because we originally closed off that occurrence in our minds and locked it in as supremely meaningful with our own emotions and meaningful thoughts.
When we are experiencing our wedding day or our graduation, we connect so powerfully to the celebration that it is as if our mind is taking a continuous photo session or video. We store these memories in the ‘picture album’ of our mind, locking them in and never forgetting them. We enjoy those memories and walk back as and when we want to. But there don’t seem to be too many days or happenings that we lock in like this. How can we produce more experiences and days to be lived as powerfully? Why not have more and more meaningful pleasant movies in our memory in order to have more reason to look forward.
Some wise person said“‘Everybody knows they’re going to die, but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently,’ ‘Yes, right but there’s a better approach. To know you’re going to die and be ready for it at any time. That’s better. That is the way you can actually be more involved in your life while you’re living. . . you will be creating memorable moments, giving and enjoying every minute. Every day, have a little bird on your shoulder that asks, ‘Is today the day? Am I ready? Am I doing all I need to do? Am I being the person I want to be?… once you learn how to die, you learn how to live…
Most of us walk around as if we’re sleepwalking. We really don’t experience the world fully because we’re half asleep, doing things we automatically think we have to do…we keep thinking, I will do when time will come.
If we truly lived with that little bird on our shoulder asking us if we are ready to die today, we would bond so strongly with every event in our lives. We would appreciate every sunset, every walk around the block, every phone call from our parents, every conversation with our friends, every culinary delight, and so on. Each instant of life would be laced with urgency and passion. We would remind ourselves of the significance that every human experience can yield. We would pinch ourselves regularly as a reminder to appreciate the moment. We would make all days and events meaningful and memorable—even the so-called monotonous ones. By living each day as if it could be our last, we relate to each life experience passionately, powerfully, and memorably.
It is possible to live many years and yet live a short life. It is feasible to live few years and yet live a long life. As a wise man once said, “Life is not measured by the amount of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” A month could be one full of long life or it can be a short-lived month. Both months last 30 days. The difference between them lies in how many meaningful moments were created during those 30 days. Thus decide how many meaningful sweet moments of life right now. I have in this minute, Whether we imagine the little bird on our shoulder or not, let’s keep this in our consciousness: when we learn how to die, we will learn how to live.
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