Excerpt from “You Are Here” by Thich Nhat Hanh
What would you do if your doctor told you that you only had three month to live? Would you waste this time bemoaning your fate? Would you give yourself over to pain and despair? Or would you resolve to live each moment of those three months in a deep way? If you do that, three months of life is a lot.
Don’t wait to start living. Live now! Your life should be real in this very moment. You can live every moment of every day deeply, in touch with the wonders of life. Then you will learn to live, and, at the same time, learn to die. A person who does not know how to die does not know how to live, and vice versa. You should learn to die – to die immediately. This is a practice.
Are you ready to die now? Are you ready to arrange your schedule in such a way that you could dies in peace tonight? That may be a challenge, but that’s the practice. If yu don’t do this, you will always be tormented by regret. If you don’t want to suffer, if you don’t want to be tormented by regret, the only solution is to live every minute you are given in a deep way. That’s all there is to it. The only way to deal with insecurity, fear, suffering is to live the present moment in a profound way. If you do that, you will have no regrets.