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Did you forget you are going to die one day?

Today I read Section B, page 4 in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Funeral Announcements. I knew what the page was before I read the headline. Photographs centered over one column width, bold names flush left.  Dead people: Robert, adored grandfather of ten, Miriam, beloved wife of the late Alfred, James, beloved husband of Beverly.

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I forgot that I’m going to die one day.

I ripped out the Funeral Announcement page and taped it to the wall in the room where I write.

To remind me I don’t have forever.

Embrace today.

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
― Pablo Picasso

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Embrace today.

Will you?


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About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • It’s sort of been “in my face” lately with all the news, and I went to a funeral this weekend of a young person. It has made me more contemplative. I’ve lost many family members and friends along the way. It is hard to live that way, though. Maybe that’s why we need to in some ways live in the moment and also still plan for the future. We don’t know how much of a future we have, but we do know the moment is here, and we need to seize it.

    I hope your works come along. I’ve always enjoyed reading your posts and your art.

  • EmFairley

    Thanks, Pamela. I’ve been reminded of my own mortality a lot recently with the sudden passing of a number of friends. There’s only one who knows when our time on earth is done, and it’s up to us to make the most of every moment.

    Em xoxox

    • Hello EmFairley,
      I am so sorry to hear about the sudden death of your friends. Making the most of every moment. Even when we are washing the dishes.
      Hugs to you.

  • I read the local paper and always check the obits. Because we are a small community and as police chief it’s important for me to send notes of condolence to those I know who lost loved ones. And I always take a moment to reflect on my mortality. To ask if I’m doing what I should be doing. I wrote a related post on this topic here: http://johnpweiss.com/blog/93632/three-reasons-you-need-to-visit-a-graveyard
    Thanks, Pamela!

    • Hello John,
      You are very kind to send condolence notes. A kind note from a friend can really help deal with grief. Thank you for sharing your story. I will read it now.
      Praying for your safety and those of the other officers.