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Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties.  After all, everyone dies — so the living should take this to heart.  Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.  A wise person thinks a lot about death, while a fool thinks only about having a good time.” (Ecclesiastes 7:2-4)

“As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God.  The time of my death is near.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.  And now the prize awaits me — the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return.  And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.”  (2 Timothy 4:6-8)

Candy Chang, an artist who lives in New Orleans Louisiana in the U.S., gave a “Before I Die I Want To” presentation on a television show called Ted Talks.  She described the neighborhood and community she lives in and shared the story of what happened when she decided to turn an abandoned building into a place of reflection for the community.

She and some friends turned one whole side of the building into a giant chalkboard with hundreds of lines of “Before I Die I Want To _________” and small trays of chalk for passers-by to fill in the blanks.

She was curious to see what would happen, but really didn’t expect what she saw the very next day: The whole chalkboard had been filled out with people’s dreams.  There weren’t enough blanks on the chalkboard for what people wanted to share.  They had to make their own spaces.

People spent time at the wall, reading other people’s dreams, thinking about their own life, and in a very healthy way, contemplating the fact that they will die.  Some people had fun with it, others were affected more deeply by it.

Candy Chang Before I Die

The idea is so popular that it’s happening world-wide now, and that’s a very good thing.  We should stop every now and then and think about life and death.  It keeps everything in perspective.

The video made me smile and filled my heart with joy to see people reflecting and putting their dreams out there.  What does it do for you?