Life and death flow around us. After a period of pleasure and almost little encounters with death, I've had my first serious
encounter today while picking up the corpse of Bibastek -a stray cat I was taking care of- of the road. The scene was quite gruesome. I will not go into details but I was shocked to the point of going around in circles while just muttering "Oh no! Oh no! Oh no!"
To think she was eating and sleeping all day by the backyard and now she is gone. So unexpected.
Lately, for the last 2-3years I've begun also seeing how I'm ageing myself. My hair less thick, wrinkles, annoying things like "knee pain" or wrist pain which I was unknown to. It is not that I'm aching and losing vitality, which possibly I am, but there is a change, a constant change always of course, but it is being noticeable now.
With the first example, I think the unexpectedness was the critical factor.
We always assume we will have time, we can leave things for later. Short-term sensual satisfaction instead of long-term peace.
Do not leave meritorious deeds for later. Be kind, be good, be considerate, be compassionate....