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Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Good Day to Die

There is a Klingon proverb that is also a salutation used before battle. It reads, simply enough, "it is a good day to die."

When these words were first penned for Star Trek I am not sure that the author fully understood the level of truth that lay in them.

There is no escaping a meeting with Death. Some receive many passing audiences with Death while others may escape all exposure except for their own, very personal, interview. Regardless of the number of times that any specific individual encounters Death they WILL encounter it one final time.

Most people think it is never a good day to meet Death but the reality is that it is always a good day to do so. It's all in the perspective of the situation and an ability to interpret NOW with a variance of perspective.

No life can exceed its best or its worst; therefore, the scale can run from your more marvelous day to your most devastating. No life can exceed these barriers.

In the event that your best day becomes your last it is a fitting terminus to your life. Generating a memorable outbound moment will leave a wake of impact and discussion on all those who knew, and possibly, revered you. Creating a moment of departure that is the epitome of your life will migrate those memories from mere fact into considerable legend. The greater the outward stroke the greater the legend and the longer it will last in the hearts and minds of those whom Death has not made a social call upon.

Opposing this view lies the single worst day of one's life. The obvious escape that Death can provide on this day is, unquestionably, a potential relief to the suffering of that day and all those that led up to it. The suffering, it should be noted, cannot abruptly end and, therefore, the worst and darkest day is probably the mid-point through the harshest reality of the lifetime extinguished. By meeting one's end on such a day one is stepping free of the pains of their mortal existence and into the unknown. Perhaps they evaporate into a non-existent state that is also free of pain and suffering or, perhaps, they cycle back into a new life. No one knows for sure; no one can know until they take the journey. What better time to do this than in the most deeply depressed moments of one's life?

All days that lie in between these two days have potential. Each day brings actions that can be taken and actions that can be avoided. Each of these actions can tell a tale and each of those tales could leverage the actions into glory or generate mundanity upon the soul. Taking the most nondescript action on the most nondescript day one will find a instant of pointlessness in their life. An instant that all will forget. An instant of complete and total insignificance. The catch to such insignificance is that therein lies the potential of greatness.The slightest difference in choices made on such a mundane day could yield unforgettable results. The simplest of choices could demolish the averageness of the day and convert the day into a day on either end of the spectrum. Any such choice that would lead to the chooser's death would be such a choice that converts what was a nondescript and boring day into one of noteworthiness. This means that there is no such thing as a death on a non-important day.

Seizing control of the world around you and forcing it to be great for you prepares the day for its greatness as a viable death day. Seizing control of your world; and your part in it, can eliminate the averageness of any day. Making your own opportunities to be great, whether in a positive or negative direction, is the key to a life filled with influence upon others and those very influences are what makes significance to the world.

Any day is a great day die if only you are prepared for it.

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