Joseph Arthur Writes: SOME DAY THERE WILL BE NO TOMORROW
It is a thought I brush off immediately it creeps into my mind. In fact, a deep sense of fear and depression captures my soul and makes my heart throb. I try everything possible not to feed my mind with it but no matter what, the reality weighs heavily on me like a cold stare. Some day there will be no tomorrow for me. I mean a time is approaching when I will cease to exist. My life, just like that of a plant or an animal, will end. Do you also think of this?
Often times we are into the affairs of the world so much that hardly do we think of this. If you have forgotten, today I remind you. In science, there is a term called non-renewable source of energy. This energy source cannot be replenished once it is consumed. Comparatively, life is like that. The life energy that runs through you can be exhausted any time and any day irrevocable. Dead, one cannot come back to life, at least, not in this lifetime and perhaps, in the other to come. And it is something that I believe should be at the back of our minds all the time and guide our ways.
This life is like a relay race and role, like the baton, is passed on to you by your predecessor. When it is your turn, all eyes shift from your predecessor and become fixed on you. Whether the predecessor performed creditably or worse he or she is remembered no more than you who holds the baton currently. It expected you run your race so well and pass on to another gallantly. At any point, you can fall out of the race. The point at which you fall will affect not only you but also the fortunes of the entire team. You will not be blamed so much if the pace at which you were running was very much approved. Some say the starting does not matter more than the finishing. They may be right to some extent. But the fact also is that how you start can determine how you finish.
We are time bound creatures and every passing day subtracts from our life cycle no matter how glamorous we may live. A day gone by will never return, the opportunity ceased or wasted will not be regained and years will not reduce. Your life is your greatest assets. It is only when you are alive that you can make a difference. I always hold the view that that mad person you see around should remind you of how valuable a sane life is. He or she is a reflection of how useless your life can be at any point in time, caused by you or by somebody else’s misdeeds.
Your life diary, full of mixed events of good and evil, will become a ghost that haunts or put smile on your face. Mistakenly, some of us believe we have all the time in this world, and therefore, we can lead carefree lives, making other people miserable. Death will sweep you away unaware. If not, inevitable old age will catch up with you some day and you will sit back and curse your stars. That mother, father, brother, sister, child or that loved one who passed away by sudden illness, accident or murder yesterday never knew they would pass out that day; otherwise, certainly they would have put their houses in order.
The Akan old adage says, ‘sԑ innyim wu a hwԑ nda,’ which literally means ‘if you don’t know death, watch sleep.’ Death and sleep are not the same but are alike. The difference is that in sleep, you are still conscious and you can wake up anytime but certainly not in death, except maybe, a miracle. The same way you drift asleep, the same way somebody does and never wake up again. In the course of sleep you can proceed to death. Understand that tomorrow does not exist until you have discovered yourself in it. So in everything, let your deeds be worthy of emulation and not cause another life to lose. Do what you have to do best and lead by example what you want others to do any time. If you are capable, do what you have to do today for you might not live to see the next day.
By: Joseph Arthur | myvibesonline.com |Ghana