Humanity is life and as such prone to death, both of which are uncertain in the details, but for certain, you cannot have one without the other, that is the simple truth. Some of us live like there will be no tomorrow running at wide open throttle and some of us are afraid to truly feel alive, afraid of our own shadow and can’t seem to get out of our own way.
One thing for sure is most of us forget or maybe we are unable to realize at all, that quite literally all any of us have is now, right now! that one moment in which we are currently existing. None of us knows for sure, when that last day, the exact hour or minute that death will come for us and for me at least I am just fine with the not knowing.
My Granddaddy; Marshall (Mac) Eugene McCauley was full of what we in the family referred to as Mac’isms and other Great Truths of Life. I remember very well being witness to many of his truths as a young man, but one in particular which is fitting for this week happened while having breakfast with him and my Father in a dumpy little restaurant outside of Lafayette Louisiana, the two of them were on a last run road trip zigzagging across the country and traveling together, Mac was 91 years old at the time and on his last big adventure with my dad, hell it was the last big adventure for both of them even if they did not realize at the time, I had been in New Orleans on business, and so I caught up with the two of them during our travels.
While we sat enjoying our breakfast and some conversation together, my father remarked to my grandfather saying “Dad! that’s a lot of jelly you are putting on your toast”, (everyone who knew Mac knew he loved his jelly) Mac replied “ya it’s probably going to kill me some day I just hope it’s not today”, you know! he said “Everybody Wants to Go To Heaven But Nobody Wants To Go Right Now”. I have appreciated the exercises for the last couple of weeks and have spent a little time reflecting the here and now and have found great peace in the process. I leave you today with some fun and other quotable quotes by some of the other Great Mac’s through the ages for your amusement, enjoyment or simple reflection. Peace, Mac
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
“I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”
― Jimi Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold as Love
“I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”
― Woody Allen
“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”
― Mark Twain
“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Collection)