I was driving to a meeting this morning reflecting on all the fun I had last night at the Canada – Mexico 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match at BC Place with my father-in-law and two sons along with 54,740 other excited fans.
I was marveling at how this whole amazing experience began back in late November thinking of what to get the boys for Christmas presents. Hmmm, what would be fun for us to do together instead of the typical present? I began to conceive the “plan”. It was in thought form; just an idea in the rough at this point but the seed had begun.
Then I saw an advertisement for the match and purchased four tickets online and handed them out as Christmas presents. The idea had been birthed into life the tickets were evidence of it.
We arranged the day, planned the time and trip to BC Place which included all manner of costumes and a dinner at the Shark Club prior to the game. Then came the life of the party – the game itself. It was awesome! Now only a matter of hours later it is only a memory. The event was conceived, it lived a life, and it died. Now all we have is memories.
If you pay attention you will notice all the similarities this soccer match has to a loved ones life; conception, gestation, contraction, birth, life, death, and reflection. If we could slow down a touch and take the time to notice this natural process of life occurring all around us we could prepare for the death of a loved one. It is exactly the same process!
Notice each day what is conceived, what has lived and died and is now a memory. Use these happenings to practice letting go, to practice the art of ritual, to practice the cycle of life.
What a great way to prepare for the death of a loved one!
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