I was sad to read of the death of the actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, today at the early age of 41. His death follows that of BBC reporter and announcer, Komla Dumor, recently again at the early age of 41.
It seems such an early age to quit this mortal life but I always recall a dream I had (and which I mentioned recently on my book blog) which predicted the death of a man in a plane accident. The accident happened as I’d dreamed it and I found out that my connection with a complete stranger was through my friendship with my good friend’s daughter who was a friend of his.
Since then I have often wondered since then whether we have an allotted time here on earth – whether we live the life we’re meant to and then quit this mortal coil at precisely the right time, even though it may seem premature to those of us who remain or who grieve for lost loved ones. I have no idea whether this is correct, by the way, as no-one has the definitive answer of life after death.
What I do believe is that we need to live life as fully as possible, to live every moment we have been gifted with in this life. So often society places a premium on the length of life when surely it’s the quality of life and how it enriches our presence here on earth that is the most important factor. Do we live up to our potential, do we refuse to get bowed down by bureaucracy, bullies or stifling rules and regulations, do we reach for the skies not stare down glumly at grey pavements?
And that’s why I created this picture, with the red for the passion of life and, at centre, a photo of a cross quartz in my crystal collection to signify our need to live in integrity with our soul’s purpose. However, the cross quartz also represents another aspect of living well – that it can involve suffering, hardship and a commitment to walk the road less travelled which may not be the popular road. Life is truly a mystery that requires courage to be authentic to ourselves.
Below it is the mantra I adhere to, the words of Hunter S. Thompson.