Your last words

Recently read an article about the new manager of the Yankees, whose mother died some time ago. According to the article, her last words to her son were, “Don’t forget me.” Somehow this is painful to the heart even though it seems likely that every one of us will feel the same way at our death.

Likely there will be many, many things we want to say in our final moment. But how to prioritize? And what to finish with? I don’t judge this man’s mother, as I may place the exact same burden (gift?) on anyone still hanging around when I go. But I hope that I will finish as the Zen master did (can’t recall which one. Basho?), that I will be fortunate and content enough to simply say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

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