I'm a 36 year old IT Manager at a University in Providence, RI who is currently discerning a priestly vocation.

Well Met

Well Met

When you see that I am brought to my last moments, place me naked upon the ground just as you saw me the day before yesterday; and let me lie there after I am dead for the length of time it takes one to walk a mile unhurriedly.
— St. Francis of Assisi

Brothers & Sisters,

People say the moment we die our entire life flashes before us in an instant. Then and there we are reminded of all that we have done and all that we have failed to do. Whether you were ready for it or not your death is assured and more often than not will come as a surprise. With that in mind, I'd like to ask you how ready are you to meet that end?

You see living your life means something different to every single one of us. I could sit down with one hundred different people and ask them what about this very moment is worth living for and what they see it has to do with their overall journey, I'd venture to guess I would receive 100 different answers to those questions.

For me, the past is something to be learned from and pondered. It's not something to dwell on or worry over. What's done is done, and I cannot change that. That's why I get so perplexed when I see people frantically worrying about the past. If you can get to the point where you understand that everything you have done, is done, then you'll start to find that history is really only worth learning from and not to be dwelt upon.

This present moment where I am writing this letter to you or you are reading it is where you should be focused on. It's where your life has led you up until this very point. There were a thousand other paths you could have gone down and yet this is the one you remain on. Take it in, understand it, feel it and then watch it fade away and become the past just as fast it became your present. Understanding the present puts you in a drastically different state of mind. You're suddenly aware that everything you do comes with a consequence (good or bad) and leaves ripples across your life that might not be felt for some time.

There is only one thing in the future that can be known. You're going to die and become a part of the past just like all of the actions you ever took. Worrying about the next hour or tomorrow or ten years from now is for naught and takes away from the glory that is the now. Many people I speak to have themselves spread across all three aspects and mentally are just a jumble of thoughts and emotions and are unable to grasp the reality that all that matters are the here and now and your actions within that time.

I encourage you to not spend your time dwelling and worrying about what could have been and to focus on what is. How lucky for us that our death is the one guaranteed thing that we will accomplish in this life.

Yours,
Jeff

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