Readers of the nationally popular New York Times Sunday opinion pages yesterday were sure to encounter an essay by retired Prairie Village thoracic surgeon Jeffrey Piehler, who has been diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer.
In the article, Piehler discusses his decision to build his own coffin as his days on this earth draw to a close:
The project has smoothed the rough edges of my thoughts. It’s pretty much impossible to feel anger at someone for driving too slowly in front of you in traffic when you’ve just come from sanding your own coffin. Coveting material objects, holding on to old grudges, failing to pause and see the grace in strangers — all equally foolish. While the coffin is indeed a reminder of what awaits us all, its true message is to live every moment to its greatest potential.
If you missed it, check it out here. It’s definitely worth a read.