One song, Damien Jurado’s I Will Still Be Dead, gets stuck in my head every time I listen to the CD, but the great part is that when I wake up in the morning, the lyrics (in my head) have changed to:
I will SOON be dead.
There’s a reason the Buddhists are big on contemplating their own death.
Concerned your new refrigerator may not work the way you expected it? Since I will soon be dead, is it really that important?
Not crazy about the noisy neighbors jammed right next to your rig because of a weekend concert in the park? Hey, I will soon be dead, so who cares.
Is my rig laid out and functioning exactly the way I want? Hell, I will soon be dead, so is it the rig or the journey that is important?
Not sure if you are living true (or authentically or your life’s direction)? Tell yourself, I will soon be dead and see if that doesn’t help clarify things.
It doesn’t matter if you believe in Heaven/Hell, Reincarnation, or the Great Blinking Out, I will soon be dead is a great thought experiment and a powerful mantra.
When the going gets tough, when your mind shouts and your worries arise, take a step back and remind yourself
I will soon be dead
and see if that doesn’t put matters into perspective.