Dearest Quiet Evolutionaries,
I want to share something with you. There have been a number of things that have happened these last weeks that have made me remember how incredibly fragile and precious this life is. This morning we had a memorial service for a close family friend who died one year ago; on Friday I found out that a good friend of ours has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (in his early 30s); and in the last weeks I have become very close to a family at the hospice where I work, where the youngish father of a beautiful 6-year-old girl has just a few months left to live.
There is a very good reason I want to share this, and it's not for sympathy. All of these events together have re-focused my mind on what is absolutely important in my heart of hearts. They have also made me feel saddened that it can take events such as these to focus our minds and hearts.
Around a year ago I wrote an article for a book that was never published. The article is about writing your own obituary, and why this is possibly the most important document you could ever write. I figured this is a perfect time to dust this article off and share it with you. You can find it here.
Please let me know in the comments what you think. I am especially keen to hear if you try it as an exercise and how you find it. I did this exercise a couple of years ago, and I can honestly say it had the most profound effect on me. It made me realise how insignificant most of the things that occupy my mind are, and it has undoubtedly provided a beautiful anchor, helping me remain true to my self.
Wishing you peace, love, and wisdom wherever you are in the world.