Today, I feel a little philosophical, I wanted to shared something I’ve pondered over for quite some time, just bear with me. I once received a forwarded message that made me reflect on the idea of “Die Empty”. Death is the inevitable truth we all need to deal with. Before we all meet our ultimate end, it is important that we make use of the time that’s been given to us. Dying Empty might seem like a simple phrase but carries a deep meaning.
We all know when a person dies, he dies alone. Whether rich or poor, he cannot carry anything along with himself. Whatever we learn in the course of our lives, all the knowledge and wisdom acquired, all the rewards earned through years of hard work, everything dies along with us. Hence it is important that while we live, we share whatever we have earned throughout our time on earth and die empty without leaving anything unshared, unsaid, undiscovered. Sharing is not only about money or material possessions, but we also share all the knowledge and wisdom we’ve gained throughout our lives. When we descend into the afterlife, everything that we ever learnt and explored dies with us. If we ever reincarnate, remember we need to start from scratch again.
You’d never know, a small piece of information, an invention of yours, or a poem you’d written could make a huge difference in the lives of others. What if scientists like Einstein and Newton and many others never shared what they had discovered with the world? We would have never been able to make sense of how our planet worked. What if Edison had never shared his invention of light? The world would sink into darkness. How would sailors navigate if the compass was never invented? We would never know what part of the day we were if the Egyptians never shared their sundial invention. Remember when centuries ago, people would use a feather to write and firewood to cook? Today we have simplified means of cooking and writing.
We spend so much of our time procrastinating. We rely on the idea of a tomorrow, hoping that things can hold on until the right time but like the saying goes “tomorrow never comes”, the present is what we have control over and the present is what can change the tomorrow that we dream of. Our tomorrow is never guaranteed. Dying Empty is to deliver all the goodness within us to the world before we leave our physical self. You get to decide how people remember you after you’re gone. No doubt death is an unpleasant experience, but the legacy we leave will live on even forever in the hearts and minds of people for eternity.