Recently, I attended a funeral.
Indian custom dictates a long series of ‘last rites’. When the seemingly endless sequence of rituals ended after nearly an hour, the mortal remains were ceremonially consecrated to electric heat of the modern crematorium.
We waited outside for an hour, chatting aimlessly about various things – subliminally aware, all the while, about the event we were soon about to experience.
Finally, the time came.
A young man, bent a little with the weight of his burden, came out carrying a metal box by it’s handles. Each side of the square box measured about 18 inches, and it was 3 inches deep.
It contained all that was left of the man we once knew, respected and loved.
Cremation shifts many paradigms about what we value in life.
Everyone, no matter how great or small, rich or poor, young or old, powerful or weak, influential or ignored – everyone will be reduced to a box full of ash… literally!
Isn’t that a great perspective from which to focus on more than the merely physical?
Think outside the “box”!