Posts Tagged ‘Death and Dying’

Steve Jobs – Inspirational Speech “If today were the last day of my life”

Preparing for your last day of life, keeps you focused on what is most important.


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Departures…the Japanese movie

I just saw a Japanese movie you might enjoy.

It’s called “Departures”

A good story told well.

Emotional and poetic.


You can thank me later.

One of the many questions this movie asks is:

What happens when life asks you to drop one of your passions and leads you down a very different road?


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Regrets of the Dying

“People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality.”
– Bronnie Ware

A palliative care nurse called Bronnie Ware made a list of the biggest regrets of the dying.

Paul Graham at his blog post The Top of My Todo List responds to this list:

The alarming thing is, the mistakes that produce these regrets are all errors of omission. You forget your dreams, ignore your family, suppress your feelings, neglect your friends, and forget to be happy. Errors of omission are a particularly dangerous type of mistake, because you make them by default.


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Death Is a Very Liberating Thought – Christopher Hitchens

Hitchens discusses his relationship with death and creativity.

Christopher Hitchens: “One should try to write as if posthumously.”


RIP Chritopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens died Friday December 16, 2011

Whenever a famous person dies I experience all of my unresolved grief.

I feel a deep lose of a person I never met and yet I identified with deeply.

This experience reminds me to re-examine my life priorities.

It forces me to wake up and ask myself:
=> Why am I doing what I am doing?
=> If I die today, will I be satisfied with the life I have lived?
=> Am I listening to the voice of my inner calling? (a.k.a. Am I living my passion?)
=> Why does today’s experience of grief stir up old unresolved reservoirs of grief?
=> Why are we so clueless when it comes to dealing with grief?

When a hero of mine dies, I ask myself, “Am I living my own “hero’s quest”? If not, why not?”

How do you feel when a famous person dies?

In the video below, Stephen Fry and friends paid tribute to Christopher Hitchens shortly before he died.

“It’s considered perfectly normal in this society to approach dying people who you don’t know but who are unbelievers and say, ‘Now are you gonna change your mind?’ That is considered almost a polite question.”
— Christopher Hitchens

Read Hitchens last piece for Vanity Fair in which he reflects on Nietzsche’s famous line “Whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.”

May we all live our lives as deeply, courageously, and passionately as Christopher Hitchens lived his life.


Inspirational: A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs


I grew up as an only child, with a single mother. Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif. I hoped he would be rich and kind and would come into our lives (and our not yet furnished apartment) and help us. Later, after I’d met my father, I tried to believe he’d changed his number and left no forwarding address because he was an idealistic revolutionary, plotting a new world for the Arab people.

Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love, who could love me. For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother.

By then, I lived in New York, where I was trying to write my first novel. I had a job at a small magazine in an office the size of a closet, with three other aspiring writers. When one day a lawyer called me — me, the middle-class girl from California who hassled the boss to buy us health insurance — and said his client was rich and famous and was my long-lost brother, the young editors went wild. This was 1985 and we worked at a cutting-edge literary magazine, but I’d fallen into the plot of a Dickens novel and really, we all loved those best. The lawyer refused to tell me my brother’s name and my colleagues started a betting pool. The leading candidate: John Travolta. I secretly hoped for a literary descendant of Henry James — someone more talented than I, someone brilliant without even trying.

When I met Steve, he was a guy my age in jeans, Arab- or Jewish-looking and handsomer than Omar Sharif.

Read the entire article in The New York Times.



Evening is a deeply emotional film that illuminates love and loss. Based on a book by Susan Minot.

Time After Time

What good are words I say to you?
They cant convey to you
whats in my heart
If you could hear instead
The things I’ve left unsaid
Time after time
I tell myself that I’m
So lucky to be loving you
So lucky to be
The one you run to see
In the evening, when the day is through
I only know what I know
The passing years will show
You’ve kept my love so young,
so new
And time after time
You’ll hear me say that I’m
So lucky to be loving you


Children Full of Life

In the award-winning documentary Children Full of Life, a fourth-grade class in a primary school in Kanazawa, northwest of Tokyo, learn lessons about compassion from their homeroom teacher, Toshiro Kanamori. He instructs each to write their true inner feelings in a letter, and read it aloud in front of the class. By sharing their lives, the children begin to realize the importance of caring for their classmates.

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