They Come in Threes

Death reminder

It is a superstitious belief of the older generations that bad things come in threes. When someone in your close circle dies, two death follows shortly thereafter. 

First was my college friend who was the valedictorian of his class died while asleep.  Second was the sister of our good friend who pass away after battling with cancer.  And, third was the sister of my priest who also died from cancer and kidney and liver complications.

Today my mom called me that my first cousin died from a heart attack.  So, do they come in threes or fours?  Four is enough because I don’t want to hear two more deaths if they come in threes. 

Rich or poor, young or old. educated or not, death does not choose anybody. We are going to die.

But how can I find inspiration from the reality of death?

According to Matthew Kelly from his book, Resisting Happiness:

“It is good and healthy to think about death from time to time. It put things in perspective and reminds us what really matters.  The perspective that death is inevitable reminds us to get busy living.”

Many people have no warning when they die. We never know what will happen tomorrow or next few days or weeks or months.

Bronnie Ware, an Australian palliative nurse spent several years caring for dying patients. She polled the top five regrets of the dying:

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

What about you? What about if your doctor tells you only have three months to live? What would you have done differently?


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