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Dying Twice

“They say you die twice. Once when you stop breathing and the second, a bit later on, when somebody mentions your name for the last time.” – Origin unconfirmed, but often attributed to Bansky

I love this quote, but I don’t agree with it. Here are my reasons:

  1. We can be breathing, but dead – dead because we aren’t exploiting the wonderful, only life we have.
  2. My name is not my legacy. Nor is memory of me. My legacy is visible every time I help someone have a little easier time; when they feel a little more love, acceptance, and support; when I give reason for someone to smile;  and when I extend the hand of hope.

I don’t know what death is, but I do know that in the grander scheme of things, my death is inconsequential. I am but a speck of dust…and that suits me just fine. In fact, it relieves me of the burden of having to be or do anything more than living.

So, why do I like this quote? It reminds me to keep saying the names of those who left earth before me. Also, it means that even in grief, as long as I remember, I am tending to the life of those who passed before me.

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