Without regular reminders
On the shortness of life
And, as a result
The imminence of death
You’re liable to undervalue life
Your life, the lives of those you love, and living beings in general.
Never was the phrase ‘taken for granted’ apter than here.
When seen through the wider lens
Of sheer cosmic improbability
Life, death, our entire planet.
It’s all of almost no importance
And yet, it is all we have.
It would seem useful
To make a point of remembering this every day,
If you can.
“Death, when it approaches, ought not to take one by surprise. It should be part of the full expectancy of life. Without an ever-present sense of death, life is insipid.” – Muriel Spark