When I read this post from Incredible, I was delighted to find that someone else had articulated this idea of How do you want to be remembered? and How will you be remembered? Author Frank McCourt in his book Teacher Man used the writing lesson of his students drafting their own obituaries to help them see their lives in black and white. It was a way to bring into focus a tough group of kids who needed to see the bigger picture. It might sound morbid but I believe its a wonderful way to craft and envision how you want to live now and beyond your lifespan.
There’s a quote I like, and if you know the author please share: “If you wanted me to speak kindly of you, you should have treated me better”.
How we will be remembered depends a lot on what we gave people to remember us by. There is the factor that they will be untruthful about us, but that doesn’t change our truth.
(Post shared with permission from the author)
About a hundred years ago, a man looked at the morning newspaper and to his surprise and horror, read his name in the obituary column. The news papers had reported the death of the wrong person by mistake. His first response was shock. Am I here or there? When he regained his composure, his second thought was to find out what people had said about him. The obituary read, “Dynamite King Dies.” And also “He was the merchant of death.” This man was the inventor of dynamite and when he read the words “merchant of death,” he asked himself a question, “Is this how I am going to be remembered?” He got in touch with his feelings and decided that this was not the way he wanted to be remembered. From that day on, he started working toward peace. His name was Alfred Nobel and he is remembered today by…
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