The Zapotecs, known as the ‘Cloud People’, dwelt in the southern lands of central Mesoamerica, specifically, in the valley of Oaxaca, Mexico which they inhabited from 500 BC – 900 AD.
They said there are three kinds of death.
We die when our dream dies.
We die when our body dies.
We die when our memory dies.
They considered the death of dreams to be one of the most painful deaths. They didn’t cry over the body’s death. They preferred to celebrate by recollecting good memories the person left. They buried their families close by, sometimes under the house so that they could continue to remember the person.
How many of us are alive the Zapotec way? Are you living your dreams or are you just working? When was the last time you thought of one of your dreams and smiled? We focus so much on our body’s longevity that we forget what happens after we are gone. After the funeral, how long will people remember you? How will they remember you? What’s the story you leave behind that makes people think of you often? Why would people think of you after you are gone?
These are some profound questions to ask. It is worth spending time thinking about these issues. We facilitate a structured thinking process and constructive dialogues to think of weighty issues. We support our client to build a lasting legacy as an individual, as a family, as an organization. This is genuine longevity.