This isn’t going to be a long post, for I am sad.
I am sad to share with you the news of untimely death of a young Safal Niveshak tribesman, Sameer.
I had never met Sameer but we had interacted a lot through email over the past few months…and had thus become ’email friends’.
The last time he wrote to me was on 25th August, the day he subscribed to my Mastermind course and was very excited to walk together with me on a one-year journey of learning.
Very sadly, his friend – another tribesman – broke the news to me that Sameer passed away on the 27th.
I just cannot imagine the plight of Sameer’s parents who have to pretend that they are alive to see that their son isn’t.
Losing people you know is never easy, especially when it seems way too soon.
Suddenly, life seems so unfair…and ephemeral.
Before Death Arrives…
Nobody knows when, how, where we will die.
I still don’t know why Sameer had to die at such a young age.
In this moment of sadness, which I share with you, here are a few words that remind me how certain death is, and what I must do before I die.
What follows below is a part of speech from Steve Jobs, who himself begun on his road to eternity two years back, and said this during a moving address at Stanford University in 2005.
It shook me when I read it for the first time. It shakes me again today when I read it to remind myself of the only reality of life…
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share.
No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Sameer, you’ve turned over from time to eternity…and we’ll miss you!