Wherever you are, look around you at your stuff. It could all be gone tomorrow morning. Or you could be gone, come to think of it. Tom and I are fond of a passage from Rebel Buddha that consoled us when our beloved cat Sheba got sick and died within a few hours.
What will help you find your direction is to stop what you're doing and just look at your true condition in life. When you do that, you either freak out or get your bearings pretty quickly. And what is that true condition? There are many types of suffering, but there's one that's worth contemplating above all others: nothing lasts. Life is short, the clock never stops ticking, and the time of your death will be a surprise.
|Sherlock the day before he died.|