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Today we celebrate Samhain, the ancient festival of ‘The last harvest’.
It celebrates endings: The end of the crop, the closing of the year and, thus, the start of Winter. And, of course, we use it to acknowledge the fact of death.
We remember those who have gone before and ask ourselves what we remember about them. What did they do? Who were they? What changes did they bring about in the world. How is the world – or maybe just our world – different as a result?
The phrase Carpe Diem means ‘seize the day’. Don’t put things off, make what you can of the day and your life – before the last harvest.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
What did those who have gone before try to Carpe in their Diem?
What would they tell you to do, before it is to late?
We may fear that after death we will no longer ‘be’. We may wonder what, if anything, comes after. The fact is that in some form or other we will always be part of this world, always part of the biosphere, of Gaia. Our individual atoms will always remain and continue in some form. But is that all?
Today we remember those who have gone before.
And we can ask: “How should I pluck the harvest in front of me today?”
“How will the living remember me?”