Monday, September 18, 2006
posted by PabloPabla at 4:05 pm

This is not a morbid post though it deals with Death. I hope you will take the time to complete reading this post.

Death is something all of us will have to deal with someday. It is certain. No one can escape. You can plan all kinds of things but one thing is certain, we will all die someday.

We will not know when we will die. Some might have to deal with illness and be told that they only have a certain span of time to live. Some might not know that they will suddenly die due to accidents or tragedies. Of course, some may choose to commit suicide but this is not what this post is all about.

Considering that we will all die someday, have you actually thought what will happen to you when you die? Either something happens or nothing happens. There is no mid-way thing. If you believe you have a soul, it either goes somewhere or nowhere. If you believe you have no soul, then probably nothing will happen. You just pass on and your body will be buried / cremated and that's it.

But really, have you really really considered what you will be thinking most if you are lying on death bed especially during your last moments? What would you want to see at your death bed? Perhaps all your monies stashed in the banks? Your fixed deposit certificates, your share certificates or your jewelleries? Your trophies of achievements? Your educational qualification certificates or doctorates? Your precious car which you have spend much money on? Your latest handphone or computer which you bought? would rather see your loved ones? People you most care about? Or even your friends? Relatives?

I suspect you will answer the latter. Answer yourself honestly.

Are you investing enough time with your loved ones? Or are you spending too much time chasing after the next bonus, increment, bigger house, bigger car, latest gadget, etc? Is your lifestyle balanced? As it is, on a conservative average, a person who sleeps 8 hours a day and goes to work for 9 hours (inclusive of travelling time) only has 7 hours left in a 24 hour day. It would be shorter if you work longer hours.

Ponder and think if that is what life is meant to be.... (thank you for reading till the end. but seriously, do think about it)



At 6:16 pm, Blogger Wuching

i spend way too much time with my wife ledi lah! sometimes i wish i dun have to see her! hahahahaha..


At 7:17 pm, Anonymous Luke

I always thought that the chances of dying on a proper deathbed where you have time to reflect is similar to the chances of being born into a good family. For me its best to go off thinking of things that relates to peace. Maybe some good deeds I've done that brought happiness to others, definitely family. Not $$ in the bank. However family does not mean peace to everyone (just ask the divorcees) and not everyone can recall a good deed at their moment of death, simple as it may sound for us. For them I feel compassionate.


At 9:47 am, Blogger Anak Merdeka

I think about these things so often these days that I wonder if it is a sign of growing old! Seriously, it is good to have such thoughts at the back of our mind constantly so that we can be mindful of our actions.

I guess parents like us worry about such things not for ourselves but more for our young children. After all, the dead had nothing to worry about but it is the living that has to struggle on, right?


At 12:58 pm, Blogger PabloPabla

wuching : Spending time with wifey is good!

luke : Actually, though we are growing, we are actually also dying. So, we don't actually have to wait till the deathbed to reflect what we are doing with our lives. We can start reflecting now.

anak : You said it right!


At 3:43 pm, Blogger blurblur

Like what my mum always tell me: For the dead, it's the end of their suffering, but for the living, it's the beginning of their suffering..

Thanks for sharing this really got me thinking..


At 3:58 pm, Blogger PabloPabla

blurblur : I have been pondering. And that's why I wanted to make it infectious to my readers :)


At 7:34 pm, Anonymous Luke

Pablo, you are right. Death occurs within us every day re our body cells.

Blurblur, there's a Buddhist belief that death is merely the beginning of the next life. If I'm not mistaken, what our next form will be depends on our state of mind at the point of death.