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by David N Johnson

July 16, 2023

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Tick-tock. Tick-tock. The clock, our mutual acquaintance, faithfully counts down the fleeting seconds of our existence. An hourglass capturing the sand of time; each grain a moment lost, a memory formed, a life lived.

We’ve all thought about immortality or even read a news story about breakthroughs scientists have made toward lengtheing our lives indefinitely, promising a ceaseless supply of sand. The idea is enticing. But pause for a moment. For isn’t the knowledge of our finite time the true conductor of life’s symphony? Isn’t it mortality that prompts us to rise each morning with renewed purpose, to seize the day, to live meaningfully?

Eternity’s Illusion: The Hidden Conundrum of Immortality

Peel back the layers of the immortality onion. Beneath the shimmering allure, you’ll uncover a paradox. An endless supply of days – sounds like an abundant utopia, doesn’t it? But ponder this: Isn’t it scarcity that gives value to anything, even time? Would we cherish each sunrise, each giggle, each ‘I love you,’ if we knew they weren’t limited?

Recall your last vacation. The final day, knowing you’d soon trade sandy beaches for office cubicles, wasn’t that the day you savored most? That’s mortality, my friends – the great instigator of urgency, the compelling catalyst of purpose.

We’re often so afraid of the ticking clock that we forget to listen to the music. But accepting our finite existence is not a concession to defeat. It’s a call to arms, a rallying cry to make every moment count. It’s an opportunity to sip life’s sweet nectar rather than gulping it down in one long, thoughtless swig.

I had an aunt who used to say, “You’re not promised tomorrow. So, plant your garden today.” There was wisdom in her simplicity. You see, understanding our limited time encourages us to cultivate what truly matters. It helps to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Living Meaningfully

The path to a meaningful life isn’t hidden in the shadows of immortality. It’s right here, beneath our feet, within each fleeting second. Each heartbeat, each breath, each smile – all small reminders of our existence, our purpose.

I once met a man who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. He told me, “Every day I wake up is a blessing. It’s another chance to tell my kids I love them, to make a stranger smile, to make a difference.” And he did. His days were numbered, yet he lived each as if it were his last. He understood what it meant to live meaningfully.

Making the Most of the Grains of Sand That You Have Left

So here’s your challenge. Look mortality in the eye. Embrace it. Understand that it’s not a cruel thief but rather a gentle reminder. A reminder to love deeply, to laugh loudly, to live fully. Every tick-tock is an invitation. An invitation to create, to inspire, to achieve. Immortality might keep the clock ticking, but it’s mortality that keeps the heart beating.

Remember, it’s not about the quantity of days but the quality of moments. So, don’t just count your days. Make your days count. Live with purpose, urgency, and passion.

Tick-tock. Tick-tock. How will you spend your sand today?

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  • Ernie Kasprowicz says:

    Wise words, as truly living “in the moment” is often elusive.

    • David N Johnson says:

      This is true. We all know that we’re going to die one day but tend to live our lives as if we’re going to live forever. I’m not saying that we need to live in fear of dying, but we do need to live in fear of running out of sand before we’ve truly begun to live.

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