A while back (2016) I started working on a project I am thinking of calling weeks. Weeks is about the number of weeks and years one has on this planet – a death-is-coming project, or classically, a Memento mori project. (Latin: remember you must die).
While researching factual books dealing with death one soon comes across those written by medical professionals who are helping people in their final stages of life. What is tricky about this type of reading is that it can be very emotional.
For some who have a scientific leaning (I include myself) religion offers little comfort. We born, we die. I found myself contemplating my own mortality, deeply. Ironically, the death-is-coming project prematurely ended my work on the project. It wasn’t until I read Do It Anyway (Kent Keith) that I got back on the horse. Here are two of his commandments that were particularly sticky:
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help them anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.
Maybe I’ll call this project Anyway.