And, of course, in the end of “Mister God this is Anna”, Anna dies.
A true tragedy. You can’t learn about life without learning about death and you can’t learn about death without dying, at least a little bit. Any discussion of life and its meaning must include death and its effect on the way we live our lives. Death is all about us; impossible to ignore.
“‘Flynn, it is like turning inside out!’ There was a look of amazement on her face”.
Death becomes us. Anna had no fear of dying, if anything she was looking forward to being united with Mister God.
As our discussion of each book comes to a close, another type of death, i start to think about what book comes next – a rebirth of sorts too. Sometimes, i am filled with doubts about which book of wisdom we should follow next, there are so many and i feel our journey should make sense of a sort. We are on a path and each book choice is another fork on the way. When it comes to books of wisdom, there are no wrong books of course, but there are books which are right for the moment, which fit the next step, which bring us along our path gently and kindly like walking hand-in-hand with a loving parent or grand-parent.
Usually the question about which book next resolves itself, rather like a rhetorical question. A development near the end of one books points to the next book we should read.
This time it appears we shall follow the tread of death and dying in another of my favourite books, ‘tuesdays with Morrie, which is all about the impending death of morrie and how he used the opportunity to teach as many as possible about life and how to live, with a loving kindness which only death extinguished.
“Do what the Buddhists do. Every day, have a little bird on your shoulder that asks, ‘Is today the day? Am I ready? Am I doing all I need to do? Am I being the person I want to be?’”
He turned his head to his shoulder as if the bird were there now.
“Is today the day I die?” he said.” Advice from Morrie to Mitch Albom which sets the tone of the book, “The truth is, Mitch,” he said, “once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”
Perhaps Morrie should have said, “it is only when you learn how to die, you learn how to live”