I'm 100% for giving serious thought to the brevity of life. My mother used to say that it's good to make all major decisions in a cemetery. And even though she didn't mean that literally, it's always a good idea to consider the long range implications of immediate choices. If I have to live with the consequences of my choices and will eventually answer for all I've done (which I believe), then decisions, especially big decisions, deserve the effort.
Now, seriousness aside....Grady, see below, has taken the whole brevity thing to a new level :-)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Grady Hunter is getting a head start on his last trip. He's made his own coffin. His handiwork is so good, he's won a blue ribbon in this year's crafts and hobbies competition at the North Carolina State Fair. His casket is crafted from hard-rock maple and Brazilian cherry. He also carved his signature into the wood with a router. Hunter says he'll pin pictures of his son, daughter and grandchildren, inside the lid. The 75-year-old Hunter doesn't expect to be using his prize-winning coffin anytime soon. He tells the News & Observer of Raleigh that his health is good, despite some previous problems.