I am sure we have all heard a lot about death and what awaits us once we walk through the gates of heaven, of course, this is assuming all of us are good and do good deeds etc etc that grant us a position in the highly coveted place. Again, what we have heard are only stories, myths as there is no way to get a thorough account of the real proceedings.
I read a book called “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom way back in January 2009 and then a couple of times after. It is a story about a veteran who is bitter and blames something or the other for the way he is now, including the place he lives, works etc, etc………you get the point. Anyways, this story begins after his death and his life in the eyes of five people who wait for him in heaven. They all have a link to him through his/their actions, however insignificant that might be and help him understand his purpose in life. The book talks about the connectedness of life, “That there are no random acts. That we are all connected. That you can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind.”
This book set my thinking into motion about what my purpose in life is, my concept of Heaven and how my actions/reactions would affect another person’s life, for better or for worse, how one’s victory is another person’s loss and how life is all about give and take. How often have we heard/seen when a seemingly insignificant action by one person can snowball into something huge in another person’s life!
Perhaps Heaven is not an Utopian paradise, but it is more of a place where you can gain insight into your life after you have died through people you have loved, encountered, or even never met, in your life. Of course, no one knows for sure, as there are no networking tools to keep us updated on what’s UP THERE!!!
Hopefully I will figure my purpose soon enough but I know this for sure, all our lives are connected to each other, directly or indirectly, whether we realize it or not and even when we think that a person and their love has been taken away from us, love can never go away,- it just takes a different shape. The endless combination of events that repeats from person to person, originating from the slightest nuance of one’s actions, has an intense effect on the fabric of life.