"Where is Death? Ever in the future or the past. Once here, already gone."
In today's message, I was shown an expansive network of underground walkways built of stone and brick. At first, I thought the image might be of the wine cellars of an old castle in Europe. But, then I heard the word 'Catacombs' and the suggestion to Google it. What stood out for me in my research was a quote by the Roman Emperor and philosopher, Marcus Aurelius, inscribed in one of the walls of the Paris Catacombs: "Where is Death? Ever in the future or the past. Once here, already gone."
To me, this message is a reminder of the impermanence of our life and every aspect of it. We could be talking about death literally -- as in physical death -- or figuratively, such as the death of a relationship, a phase of our life, or a lifestyle. As much as we all wish a relationship, or a phase of that relationship would never end, it is bound to because everything is subject to change.
And what about savoring the beautiful experiences in life? I remember that until last summer, we loved to go to the thermal ponds just down the road from our house. The water temperature was always around 88-90 degrees. It was so relaxing to float in the warm water. Never did it occur to us that we would lose the thermal ponds to the lava from last year's eruption.
I see this message as a reminder to enjoy what I have now because it might be gone tomorrow. © Erika Marie Rose and Good Vibes, 2019