When we outlive our usefulness, we fall back on our interests and curiosity. Without interests and curiosity, we look at the wall and await our last breath, with nothing more than breathing to keep us alive. This makes maintaining and developing our interests and our curiosity, the primary tasks of the final stage of life. What are the questions that beg to be asked by the approach of the end? What are the discoveries that wait to be made? Our original nature and our tasks for life are steady companions to the last of life. Who are we? What are we about? Even now? Even yet? Even so? And The Silence continues to be with us as a comforting presence through it all-- a continuing source of realization and the awareness that is a prerequisite for reconciliation-- the last great work of life-- making our peace with all that has gone before, and all that remains in a "This is the way things are, and this is what you can do about it, and that's that" kind of way. Interest and curiosity deepen, expand and come alive with anticipation and attentiveness at the approach of the last day's dawning, when physical ends, and consciousness disappears, and mind returns to mind.
Believe anything you want as long as it enables you to get up and do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, in each situation as it arises, all your life long. Belief and faith are overrated. Right action is all that matters. Repetitive right action. Day in and day out. Over the full course of our lives. Responding properly to this moment sets the stage for the next moment to be better than it would have been with a poorer response on our part to this moment. We hold the future in our hands in every moment of every situation. What we do here and now impacts every moment following this one. That is the power of right action working its way out in each of our lives. Everybody talks about going to heaven when they die. If we had been responding appropriately to each moment of every situation from the beginning, we would be living heavenly lives right now.
May you have what it takes to rise to meet every occasion in a way that perceives what's what and knows what needs to be done about it, and does it at the right time, in the right way, moment by moment in each situation that comes along for the simple joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it every day throughout what remains of the time left for living.