NOT dying is a hard thing to do.
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From the movie "Serendipity".
A lot of people are pissed off at me for posting my "obituary" on facebook the other day. Put the title "obituary" on a note and people automatically jump to the conclusion that you're dead. Nowhere are those words written in the "note", but we love jumping to conclusions without actually reading the written words and putting the words into context. A logical mind would have started off with an "Oh my God" continued reading, started questioning the meaning and should have arrived at the conclusion that it was creative way of writing a Halloween Party invitation. Why else would the "Celebration"/wake/resurrection/party start at 8 PM on a Saturday night that just happens to be Halloween.
Could I have actually died? Yes. But would someone in my family actually post an obituary on MY facebook account and change my status (ie. What's on my mind) to Paul Fisette has passed on....?
I'm not very original. My thoughts and ideas have usually been used before. In the 60's there were rumours of Paul McCartney's death on the Abbey Road album. They floated around for quite a while. Then the following comes from the movie "Serendipity".
"Jonathan Trager, prominent television producer for ESPN, died last night from complications of losing his soul mate and his fiancee. He was 35 years old. Soft-spoken and obsessive, Trager never looked the part of a hopeless romantic. But, in the final days of his life, he revealed an unknown side of his psyche. This hidden quasi-Jungian persona surfaced during the Agatha Christie-like pursuit of his long reputed soul mate, a woman whom he only spent a few precious hours with. Sadly, the protracted search ended late Saturday night in complete and utter failure. Yet even in certain defeat, the courageous Trager secretly clung to the belief that life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences. Uh-uh. But rather, its a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan. Asked about the loss of his dear friend, Dean Kansky, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and executive editor of the New York Times,
described Jonathan as a changed man in the last days of his life. "Things were clearer for him," Kansky noted. Ultimately Jonathan concluded that if we are to live life in harmony with the universe, we must all possess a powerful faith in what the ancients used to call "fatum", what we currently refer to as destiny."
I found this inspiring and brilliant. I honestly believe that we should all write our own obituaries. Who better understands and knows what defined us while we were living then our own self?
Some people would consider writing your own obituary as morbid. But Why? Why is dying so morbid when all religions and spiritualists state that there's something so amazing awaiting us in the hereafter?
I never did write about "fake faith" but that is what most people have. Why do we fear so many things in life, from dying to having our car stolen? We fear about the safety of our loved ones and are sad when someone we know passes on (actually dies). But why?
If someone you know "moves-on" to a new city for a job you're usually happy for them and you go out and celebrate. The new job could be "the job from hell", but we expect it to be better. We congratulate people for buying a new house or car because we expect these things to be better, but what if they're just money pits of repairs?
Instead of mourning the passing on of someone we should be celebrating because it means that that person has accomplished what they were put on this earth to do and that means that we are that much closer to arriving at the end of times, or, Heaven on Earth.
We all find autumn a sad, but usually, beautiful time of year. Except when winter comes too early and the leaves don't have the time to turn their amazing reds and oranges and just hang on the branches in a dried up, frozen and dull gray state (like this year). Without fall we wouldn't have spring and it's renewal.
It's the same with our soul. I have faith in what I am doing and know (in my soul) that a renewal is just around the corner. I did have to die so that I can resurrect at a higher place.
My "obituary" served a purpose that will be revealed at some point in time in the future. It did serve a purpose at this time too.
A question for those who did "freak out" from seeing my obituary. In it I wrote of my resurrection. Some of those people are quite religious and believe in Christ's resurrection. Is it so impossible to believe that someone else could do the same in modern times?
Ponder that for a while.
"Fear not what you do not know for what you do not know can be the greatest thing ever known."