Die before you Die

“Die before you Die” is a quote attributable to the Sufi poet Rumi. It means live the way that you would if you had just a few moments to live. Imagine how intense and alive those few moments would feel, because you would be fully present in those moments. There would be no time for past regrets or future worries. Hence the wisdom here is to live each moment in totality, in its full measure. Then, when the moment ends, there is no pain, because living in the moment has been complete and absolute.

If we apply this concept in a business setting, each moment in business moves beyond an expression of self-worth to an opportunity for transformation and renewal.

Steve Jobs said: “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

Amidst the turmoil of the thought of death, there is also the underlying realization that each ending carries in its womb the possibility of a new beginning.

Just the idea of death has a cleansing effect, instantly eliminating the non-essential, while illuminating the essence. This is the power of death. Rather than invoking fear, death actually brings freedom. Freedom to do, say and experience what matters.

Death is not an end, but simply another opportunity to reawaken, to let go of all that no longer serves us. Our attachment to our past often shrouds our vision, preventing us from jumping over the threshold to a new beginning. Death and life happen each moment.

The thought of death keeps us humble. It urges us to create a life we want, so that we may have no regrets.

In the end, we only take with us what we give away – joy, happiness, positive impact. Don’t wait until tomorrow to praise, to bless, to give, to forgive, and to laugh!

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  1. Beautiful message!! LOVE THIS QUOTE: We only take with us what we give away – joy, happiness, positive impact.

    Thanks for sharing every day with us your wisdom! 🙂