written by john c ashworth
I sell technology applications for a fast-growing growing technology company in the funeral industry. It’s an interesting experience on many levels. I’ve learned a lot. I love to learn. I’m always learning. In fact, that’s what the ash flash is really all about.
Today, I wanted to share a story with you that I discovered while reviewing a potential customer’s facebook page. A story that changed my perspective in multiple ways within 10 minutes. That’s great writing.
Recently, Gloria Vanderbilt died and one of the things I learned from her relates to this story, which is about staying present with what’s truly important in life.
“Be Kind.” She said. “Everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”
That’s easy to forget in a fast-paced world that gets faster all the time. The story below exemplifies that fact.
You’ll be tempted here to run off and go find something else to look at – not take the 10 potentially transformative minutes that await you if you’ll just spend a little more time reading this story.
I encourage you to stay here for a few moments. Because I guarantee you the story below will help you come back to the present moment with a basket full of gratitude and a wide angle lens of perspective that will very likely create the space in your life either immediately or in the very near future that will bring you great joy; and potentially alter your current trajectory in such a powerful way, that you’ll always be glad you stopped for this moment and listened.
Her parents saw you—you were just the first of many who will be impatient with their grief. Her younger siblings saw you—breaking the chain of cars that separated them from their sister’s body and their parents’ arms. You see, a funeral procession is not about getting to the cemetery at the same time. A funeral procession is a chain of connection, a visible sign of the invisible bond of grief. To the grieving, it is inconceivable that the world keeps going when their world stopped. They cannot understand ho