I read a riveting article by Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post titled, “Are You Living Your Eulogy or Your Resume?” The article described those of us who place a priority on career success and not cultivating relationships, enjoying life, developing positive personal character, etc. Basically, if someone were to eulogize you, what would they say? Here is a little nugget that stuck out:
Have you noticed that when people die, their eulogies celebrate life very differently from the way we define success in our everyday existence?…For most of us, our eulogy will be not just the first formal marking down of what our lives were about but the only one. The eulogy is the foundational document of our legacy, of how people remember us, of how we live on in the minds and hearts of others.
There is nothing wrong with career success, however, I think our generation is more absorbed with status and the who-is-who instead of making life more memorable. It is time to start pursuing passions, no matter how silly they are. Picking up that phone and calling an old friend. How about spending more time with loved ones and stop taking them for granted.
What do your eulogy would say about you? I know it is a bit weird to think about, but take a moment to reflect on it and share your thoughts.