There are seasons when being reminded of one's mortality is a good thing. Humanity does get rather full of itself. Some humans more than others. Dust you are and to dust you shall return. It is the great equalizer in an unequal world. We become carbon residue no matter who we are, how we have lived, what we own or who we love. Those words over the years have given me pause and then....I wash the dust off and I am unchanged. As I watched the smoke of my morning candle rise, I heard myself say, "Remember you are light and to light you shall return." I am light. I didn't make it. But I am quite capable of contributing to the dust which is always ready to gobble us up and being light for the sake of others sitting in the dust. We are dust and light. This isn't a competition. This is who we are. It is who we are becoming.