In my August 19, 2012 post, Gone to Soon, I wrote about my sister-in-law who passed away the day before. Her passing was shocking because it happened so quickly. In the post, there was also the message about how “life comes at you fast” and you never know when you will just run out of time to tell those you care about just how you feel about them. Once a person is gone it is too late to tell them all of those things that you wanted them to know.
My sister-in-law’s funeral was held on August 25th and it was beautiful and very touching. During the ceremony they allow time for acknowledgements. People and organizations were allowed to acknowledge all of her “good works” and the service that she had provided to her community and organizations. While I was sitting there grieving, my first thoughts were that this section was taking way too long. But then it hit me. There were a lot of acknowledgements. All of the kind words that were being said illustrated how involved she was in making people lives better. A great part of her life was dedicated to the service of others. It gave some comfort knowing that she had left a legacy that her family could be proud of. This all made me think and ask the question…what will people say about me when I’m gone?
This is a question everyone should ask themselves. What will be your legacy? Have you made a difference in the lives of those who have crossed your path? It would be a shame to live a life that didn’t have a positive impact on our families, friends, co-workers, and the communities to which we belong. Let’s take a moment to assess our life. If you haven’t done all of the things that you had planned, start doing them today. Tomorrow is not promised and when your time in this life is done…what will they say about you after you’re gone?