The Cleaning Cycle

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Life and death are interrelated. Pretty obvious, huh? I like to call it “the cleaning cycle,” as it reminds me of the seasons of a year. “Making space” is another expression. But it’s not a light subject and I don’t want to ponder over it today.

What came to my mind in the first place was an inaccurate quote:

“You cannot be fully happy with life, if you are afraid of death.”

There was a great speech delivered by Steve Jobs on June 12, 2005. He mentioned death and how awareness in that matter added perspective to his life. A sample quote:

“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.”

Source: http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html
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Definitely worth reading.