A Life Well Lived

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.

A Life Well Lived
A Life Well Lived

Life should not be a journey

16 thoughts on “A Life Well Lived

  1. Wow…..your blog post could not be more synchronous for me, thanks so much for writing this. About three years ago I had an incredibly vivid dream where an angel came to me and said that I will pass at the age of 41. I told a couple friends about it in the days afterwards, but then it slowly evaporated from my mind. In the past year or so, I have had a surge of energy and have been more productive in creative endeavors than ever before in my adult life and it hit me that I think my soul is slowly waking up to remembering what it came here to do and a thought struck me in the last couple days about that dream I had and that if that dream is prophetic, I have less than 12 years to complete my mission….and we all know time flies. I liked how you mentioned in this post though that we can’t really live life thinking about our deaths, I liked this part a lot: “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.” Truly, what really matters is this moment, NOW….right NOW, over and over coming back to it. 🙂

    Thanks for reading my rambling comment. 🙂 ❤ P.S. I love Hunter S. Thompson so much, he was a great!

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    • Thanks so much for your great response, Ilona, it’s good to know that what I create resonates well for other people. I love your dream but also consider this – your angel may well be predicting that the old you dies and you move to a different part of your life where you are reborn to a new life here on earth. Perhaps the dream is meant to stimulate you to develop hugely now to prepare you for whatever you’re meant to do after 41. I’ve found that dreams can be quite complex and not what they seem at first glance. I remember a dream I had which disturbed me greatly until someone else put a quite different interpretation on it which felt terrific and it changed my whole perspective on my dream and opened up a new bit of my life

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  2. Such a beautiful painting, and such true words. I’ve lived with insomnia since my dreams in 1970 showed me a small casket with my then unborn baby in it. I told a friend about the dreams and she tried reassuring me it was just the pressure of a long drawn out pregnancy. Jennifer lived 17 hours, and when my friend came to visit she just asked how I had known. I think we do have an amount of time on earth, and something keeps telling me my time is getting closer. Know what’s funny? I’m not afraid. I’ll live while I can and go when it’s time, and trust there is a place where I’ll join Jennifer.

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    • I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter, it must have been heart-breaking. I was receiving a massage from a friend once and she told me about someone I knew who had lost their child when very young, but the child was appearing older in order to appear as a fully-formed human being. She told me the child was being looked after by an older woman and described her, including her love of gardenia and jasmine. I had no idea who this was but shortly afterwards came in contact with a lady who had had a miscarriage and when I described the lady caring for the child in spirit, she told me it described her own mother exactly. Also I did a Tarot reading for a lady who’d lost her daughter in terrible circumstances. The child told her mother it was time to move on. I don’t know if this helps you at all, but I do think your daughter in spirit would wish you to sleep easy in this life knowing you’ll be reconnected with her in the after-life. Much love, Mo

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      • I do okay 364 days of the year, but on October 9 I’m a total wreck. I know I’ll be reunited with her, because she kissed me as she left this world. She was beautiful, and I’m sure she will remain the same age and I’ll hold her in my arms. Thank you for your kind words. They do help.

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