Awareness of death is one of my main daily practices; every day, at least once a day, I remind myself that I will die and everybody I love will die. Being aware of mortality changes everything. At the very least, it puts things into proper perspective, it gives us clarity into what is really important versus what is not so important, and it therefore changes how we prioritize things in our lives.
from Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within
by Chade-Meng Tan