It’s that time of year again; the season of pumpkins, ghosts, and skeletons.
Historically speaking: “Halloween is believed to have pagan roots, and is linked to the Celtic festival Samhain, when the “door” to the Otherworld was believed to be opened so that the souls of the dead could enter this world. It was also influenced by Christian All Saints’ Day, which honors saints and the recently departed.”
Globally speaking, its more than a few cultures that choose this time to reflect on death.
What better reminder of the shortness of life than the annual falling of leaves; from existing to extinct; from green to brown.
This is Memento Mori: A Latin phrase meaning ‘remember you must die’.
In work, Memento Mori should fuel us to do our very best. Life is short. Every day that passes is one we will never get back. Every day we get to wake up is a day that we are lucky; not everyone has this good fortune.
- Spend some time with those you love.
- Propose a new idea at work and will it into existence.
- Do a presentation.
- Wake up early.
- Learn to play the piano.
- Learn a language.
- Get in shape.
- Bake something and give it away.
We will not be here soon.