Recently two very close and dear friends died. They were both younger than me – by at least 10 years. I was hit by painful sadness and simultaneously comforted by a belief:
Several years ago I was depressed. Life was the color of dirty grey. I was in a fibromyalgia flare and feeling helpless. I wasn’t suicidal, just weary, really weary, of pushing through the pain and exhaustion. Half jokingly I wrote to my Baha’i friend and mentor something to the effect: “I’m ready to leave this earthly plane. Beam me up into eternity”
He wrote back four words which rocked me to my core: “You are in eternity.”
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You see, I had always assumed life here on earth as a human was separate from the “eternal realm”. I thought that after I died I would then be in eternity. It was a paradigm shift for me. It is strangely comforting to know we are all already in eternity – you, me, my friends.
Someone asked, with concern, how I was feeling about my impending retirement. Sounded a bit like my impending demise! I am actually feeling a bit of relief and am preferring to think of it as re-treading as opposed to retire-ment!
How about adopting this song as the National Chronic Conditions Anthem!! Wadda ya think?
Please release me let me go for I don’t love you anymore To waste our lives would be a sin Release me and let me love again
I have found a new love dear And I will always want her near her lips are warm while yours are cold Release me my darling let me go
for I don’t love you anymore So release me and let me love again
Please release me can’t you see you’d be A fool to cling to me To live a lie would bring us pain So release me and let me love again
I’m thinking about it . . .
“Release Me” (sometimes rendered as “Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)”), is a popularsong written by Eddie Miller, Robert Yount, and James Pebworth under the pseudonym Dub Williams, published in 1946 . (Wikipedia)
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