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14. What do you want to be remembered for?
Sunday ,September 9, 2012 – we started the day with
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Two things happened this week that made me want to write about this today. Someone asked me about my favourite books and movies and I mentioned “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by the late Stephen R. Covey (check out : https://www.stephencovey.com/7habits/7habits-habit2.php
The second thing was I was im-ming with a young friend who has just gone to college and what he told me made me quote something from the 2nd. Habit – Begin with the end in Mind.
If you read what Mr. Covey says about this, one of the things he suggests is that you write your own epitaph – what it is you would like written on your tombstone or in your obituary.
I remember, and it must be around 15 years ago, reading that suggestion. I sat down one rainy day and started to think and write. It took less time than I thought. You see there was really only one thing I wanted to be remembered for and it wasn’t being a multi-millionaire or a huge celebrity or even the lady with the cleanest house in town. No, not at all. I wanted to be remembered for just one thing and so I wrote the following as my personal epitaph:
Here lies Sal
Who cared enough to share
Shared enough to make a meaningful difference
and, by so doing, became a gentle giant…inside.
It is simple enough but it changed my life. Every night I can ask myself “did I care enough to share today?” or “did I make a meaningful difference in someone’s life today?” It can in be a store, with my colleagues or with my friends. It doesn’t have restrictions, deadlines or massive goals. It is a really simple way I chose to live my life.
So, when I heard the story about my young friend in college – he was telling me he had a serious drinking problem already and wanted to change that and please could I give him some input – I started by telling him I could relate (which was both true and would lower his guilt and stress level). I had been a pretty good drinker in my early 20s so I certainly could relate! Then I told him the story about the epitaph and then I asked if he would like to be remembered for being drunk and a womanizer or was there a loftier goal in his vision for himself? That got his attention. Asked him to take a little time and write his epitaph and then to live it, starting today.
How about you? What would you like to be remembered for? Think about it. Write it down. Act on it everyday. It could change your life for ever.
Achievements: Put the DearMamaSal fb page together and started getting likes! Took the time to cook my favourite meal of the week. Thin English crepes with lemon and sugar – my Sunday morning treat to myself. Removed three large things from my “storeroom from hell” that used to be my office until I started the renovation of the house. It is the last room (upstairs) that I stored all the junk in. My goal is to remove some of it every week until it is cleared up.
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