There is a double funeral this morning. My friend J.’s brother along with his wife died in a tragic small plane crash three days ago. J., devastated, told me yesterday that it seems they died right away on impact hitting the ground. But they likely had a full minute to comprehend what’s happening.
I keep thinking about that one minute, she said.
And now I am too.
On the eve of Yom Kippur, the dress rehearsal for our death, the day of atonement for all the lesser thought out and heartfelt actions of ours that keep hurting ourselves and others - what can I truly commit to that will make each second, minute, hour, day - more honest, loving, helpful, real?
If I had just one minute to change something, to be as real as I can, what would I put in this one final minute?
If I had one minute now to make a difference in my life or that of others - what would that be like?
I wish for us all soft entry into the gates of prayer, tears, truth and healing on this day of transformation. Easy fast, many meaningful moments of introspection and focus.
Consolation to J, her family and friends, compassion and courage to all of us - may each second and minute bring us closer to our death and to our life with clarity, purpose and peace within.
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