When I think about my life, I find myself hoping I die a beautiful death, fighting for a just cause. I remember martyrs who gave their own lives for a greater purpose. I hope that I may give up my head for the cause, as the Sri Guru Granth Sahib requests of us.
The thing I forget is that what matters is how these martyrs lived. I talked with a dear friend today, and she shared her insights on the fact that how we die is a reflection of how we’ve lived.
I also begin to reflect on the meaning of giving up our heads for the cause. Sure, it’s easy to dream for a movie-like death, a martyrdom, but would I be ready for it if I saw it? Also, it’s much more useful, and much harder, to dedicate myself to a cause while I’m living. With each day, I can choose to act for myself or to act for a greater purpose.
It’s a less traveled path, but once we embark on it we meet others dedicated to the cause. It’s a scary path, but the fear can be overcome when we know we’re acting on behalf of a greater cause. It’s a difficult path, but attainable with small steps taken every day.
Although I may dream for a meaningful and important death, I must remember everyday to live a meaningful and important life.