Temporarily Alive

Sounds morbid huh? Not to me. I see it as a positive, self-improvement mantra.  Most people have seen a dead person like a grandparent or friend in a casket at a funeral. We know they don’t look real. I remember my grandfathers both looked like wax. It is not their appearance that hits me the hardest it is the realization that they are not animated anymore. Some might even argue (and have) that it is because their soul has left the body. Whatever your explanation, it is undeniable that dead bodies look vastly different than living ones. I think you reach a plateau with the fear of death and you accept that everyone of us will indeed die. At that realistic point you can start to view people you encounter as really just temporarily alive.

You can ensure your words mean more because anyone you encounter, be it a boss or friend, will one day die. This can help with being direct, saying what’s most important only, and attempting to make a long lasting influence as much as possible. Of course it is first and foremost helpful in living a qualty life to accept that you yourself are only “temporarily alive.” This possibly morbid but certainly full-of-impact phrase has the power to change your life for the better. Laptop memory is affordable, but when our minds get to a certain age … all we can do is look back. Make the most of the time right now.

How might your day go differently with this mindset?

Author: Damien Riley

I'm a blogger, film critic, & podcaster with an MA in English from California State University, Fullerton. I teach public school, 4th grade as my primary occupation. My views on films and life are usually headstrong and often 'left of center' on movies and life, but I have respect for the other side. I married my high-desert princess (now my queen). We have 3 children.

6 thoughts on “Temporarily Alive”

  1. I don’t think it’s morbid at all. After losing my father and my brother both at very young ages, I adopted sort of a “nobody is here forever” attitude and I make it a point to tell people how much I love them and how much the mean to me a lot.

    I read through the articles on your blog safari, too and one really caught my eye…the 5 ways to change someone. Personally, I don’t think you can change anyone. You can only support them in a change they want to make themselves.

    I listen to my friends moan and groan about how their husbands throw their clothes on the bathroom floor and how they’ve bitched, moaned, etc and nothing has changed them. I don’t think like that. Something may bug me but my deciding factor on whether or not to even say something about it is….”If this person was gone tomorrow, would I be relieved because I don’t have to pick their underwear off the floor anymore?” Of course not. Say the good and make sure people know how much they mean to you.

    Jessica The Rock Chicks last blog post..Keep The Faith

  2. This is something that I think most poeple realize at some level, but most people tend to not think about. Perhaps we just don’t like to think about death, but I agree that if we keep this in mind that it might change the way we act towards others….I like what Jessica said about her deciding factor on when to say something about it; that is something I think I will try to keep in mind.

    Nicks last blog post..Google

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