“A few weeks before my father died, he was lying on his favorite bench, already gravely ill, and I was sitting on the floor next to him. He had an intense but faraway look in his eyes, and he said, “I’m not afraid, I know where I’m going.” I simply looked at him and shared the moment, but I’ve often wished since that I had asked for more explanation. He clearly perceived an eternal reality that would carry him through death.
It shouldn’t have to take death to make us so much more aware of what matters and what doesn’t, what’s eternal and what’s not. Why can’t we remember much, much sooner that love is all that matters and love is all that lasts? It’s as though, when death is at the door, we’re given a free dose of sacred understanding. Perhaps if we asked for it earlier, it would come.”
Marianne Williamson, in “The Gift of Change”
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