A saw a woman die. We were in a large room with a lot of people when she slid down her chair and fell on the floor. The paramedics were there in no time, and my companion took a potty break while the evening's activities were sidetracked by the medical drama. While she was gone I tried to tune into what was going on with the old lady. I was close enough to see activity without details, and not close enough to hear anything.
It looked like they were going to load her up and take her to the hospital when I "saw" her spirit leave her body. It was like a white, twisting mist that pulled away and zipped out the open door. My companion ran into the room and whispered "Did you see that?! She just died!" We both "saw" that white wisp.
I don't know how to explain seeing something invisible, or why a spirit would twist out of a body like that, or why it would go out a doorway when a spirit shouldn't need doorways anymore. There's a whole lot of things that I don't understand at all.
Somebody sent around an email a while ago that asked a bunch of questions intended to make us all get to know each other better. One of the questions was "Have you ever seen someone die?" I was surprised how many people said yes. Have you? Did it change what you think of dying and/or the afterlife?
Seeing that old lady's spirit was an affirmation to me that there is more to life that what we see around us, that something survives the body.
This topic reminds me a lot of work since I work for Religion, but I value my job sufficiently to keep my endless questions to myself. I remember how many times I got in trouble when I was little for all my whys and hows and whats, and I know I'll never change. I'll always ask questions.
In a conversation with a religious person over a project I was told, "Quit thinking so much. Put your experience on the back burner. Just trust the process." Them's fighting words, and the project is making me insane. Let me vent a little...
Recently, I've had a couple of contractors repeatedly refuse to follow directions. This floors me. What happened to "the customer is always right"? I've worked on plenty of projects where I thought the customer was dead wrong, said so, then did what they wanted -- sometimes finding out their way wasn't so awful after all. (Though sometimes it was.)
Have I just gotten unlucky recently, or do you think this kind of refusal amongst designers is a trend? Do you think perhaps it's because we've lost studios where other artists saw and critiqued each other's work? Because software knowledge trumps design?