The Hebrew patriarch used to live 900
years, call it a day, was “gathered to
his people,” and passed away in peace.
We live shorter lives with more on the
planet now, and there are at least two
The deists and the atheists use different
words to describe the same things,
which is fine—and in the end, words
are fictions, as Borges wrote.
We want to feel a part of something,
feel good, loved, connected during our
lives, and when it is time for our bodies
A panic ensues for some who did not
prepare for the moment, keep loved
ones close, families between this or
that belief, just knowing it’s easier to
let a “doctor” decide.
We turn our will and lives over to
White Coats, to cold offices with
test tubes and vials, experiments
going the extra mile
to hope and fight and extend our
But at what cost?
Should we extend physical lives deep
into dementia? Should we keep loved ones
in hospitals to end lives, while we keep
busy “doing me?”
What if we took a timeout and gathered
to our loved ones, prepared ourselves
for the transition, from physical life
We could do without the diapers.
The pain. The cost—both financial
We could be free the moment we let
go of this fear of the body expiring!
I almost died last night, because years
ago I overdosed twice, messed up my
Now, if I don’t get eating right, I go to
bed and risk not sleeping through until
I fight hard, and some fear of death is
natural and good!
But, if we pray and connect with Mother
Nature or God well enough, we’re sure
to get some peace, allow and accept the
beautiful transfer of our aging lives and
spirit to all that we loved and has loved