It could be if you think about the ‘die’ but not so much if you focus on the ‘remember’. This is a tool to make sure that we remind ourselves of our mortality on a regular basis. That we are aware that every day is a precious gift and that we can, if we choose, honour that gift by squeezing the most out of every second of the day for ourselves and others.
Consider for a moment, right now, that this may be your last day on earth. What would you do differently? How does it change things? Can you, as Carlos Castanada’s Don Juan suggests, “Use death as an adviser”?
What becomes important? What becomes trivial? What would you stop doing? What would you start? Who would you choose to be with? What would you tell them? Where would you choose to be?
Memento Mori is a powerful tool for changing your perspective and to inspire change; not to instil fear. The probability is that you will wake up tomorrow. And the next day. And the next. And one day you won’t. Can you use that knowledge to make your life and the lives of those around you even better?