I was remembering the late Stephen Covey’s teaching of beginning with the end in mind. It came up while I was working with a client the other day. We were talking about rituals and urns and that sort of end of life stuff not a lot of us wish to chat about. We were talking about how death can have a real impact on our life’s journey if only were we to spend more time accepting death as opposed to denying it.
It came to me in one of those crazy moments smack dab in the middle of the word journey, like right in the middle of it, is the word URN yeah no kidding look for yourself… j o U R N e y.
I have on my desk the urn that I will use for my ashes and each day morning and night I give it a love tap, first to welcome this new day of life and lastly to give thanks for the day of life I just experienced. It reminds me that I have only this day to live fully, yesterday is gone and I have no certainty of tomorrow. It is my impermanence practice.
I laughed my butt off when I saw the word urn ‘dead’ centre in the word journey; Yes Stephen Covey we ought to begin with the end in mind.