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Those who've encountered my work over time at TE know that I do volunteer work with folks facing life ending illnesses. I've spent time with a few people over the years and find the work remarkably rewarding. I tell folks who invite me to share their journey the final months of their life, that I look upon the work as preparation for my own eventual passing.

There is nothing morbid in that, despite what some folks think. People around the world tend to have a much healthier relationship to death than do we Americans. Perhaps it is our attachment to material possessions that makes the prospect of letting go of this earthly existence so forbidding. We'd have to give up our sports utility vehicles and plasma televisions, after all... ;-)

All the musing comes about from this photo I took a couple of days ago. The older gentleman appeared to be in good health as he strode down the lane. Yet seeing him against this blaringly white stucco wall, I couldn't help but think of words I've heard spoken to folks as they draw their final breaths... "go toward the light." Perhaps this image is a merely a visual metaphor of that moment, when we walk from the world with its lush beauty into a place we've never known before... somewhere near the light.

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