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Plan Your Epitaph Day: Living and Leaving a Legacy post image

Apparently today is “Plan Your Epitaph” Day.

So, although I don’t usually post on Fridays, I couldn’t resist a short one. We move so fast, working through the urgent. It’s a nice reminder to consider the legacy we are working to leave.

In her meditation “Set in Stone”, in Walking Towards Morning Meditations, Victoria Stafford urges us to consider what our epitaph “will read” and “does read.”
“She attended well and faithfully to a few important things”

“He got all the dishes washed and dried before playing with his children in the evening”

“She answered all her calls, all her e-mail, all her voicemail, but along the way she forgot to answer the call to service and compassion, and forgiveness, first and foremost of herself”

“She could not, or would not, hear the calling of her heart”
Plan Your Epitaph 

  • What do you want on your epitaph?
  • How do you want to be remembered?
  • What one sentence best describes your life’s work?
  • What would be the one sentence you would leave with the world?

Here are some real ones to get you thinking:

“I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter”

-Winston Churchill

“The best is yet to come”

-Frank Sinatra

“That’s all folks”

-Mel Blanc

“My life cannot be summarized in 140 characters #lovelife”

-proposed by Ben Evans

Oh yes, and mine simply “Namaste” which means the light that is in me honors the light that is in you.

And so I challenge you, what would you say on your epitaph? This will be so much more fun if you comment ;-) It’s Friday et’s share. Heck, while you’re at it you can also tweet it out using the link below.

Namaste.

 

 

Filed Under:   Authenticity & Transparency
 
 
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt, is CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and a former Verizon Wireless executive. Karin was named on Inc.’s list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference, the American Management Association List of 50 Leaders to Watch, and as a Trust Across America Top Thought Leader in Trust. She’s the award-winning author of two books, Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results— Without Losing Your Soul, and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss. She’s regularly featured in business publications including Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Inc.
 

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Steve Borek   |   02 November 2012   |   Reply

Not sure of what I want to be remembered for. I’ll leave that for others to decide. My favorite quote was from Mom, “Turn the page. There’s a whole new chapter awaiting you.”

letsgrowleaders   |   02 November 2012   |   Reply

Steve, oh that’s a good one!

marcus   |   02 November 2012   |   Reply

are we almost there?

letsgrowleaders   |   02 November 2012   |   Reply

Marcus, nice!

Shawn   |   02 November 2012   |   Reply

Karin, Thank you for this post, it is a good way to reflect on how our actions today help to create the legacy we want to leave. I would like to believe that mine would read: “He took the time to get to know you, and always knew how to make you laugh – or at the very least smile”

letsgrowleaders   |   03 November 2012   |   Reply

Shawn, so glad you joined the conversation! I love yours…. perfect!