Phil Towle

How Will You Be Remembered?

by Phil White

What do want to leave as your legacy?
How would you like to be recalled at your funeral?
How will your loved ones remember you?
What do you want written in your obituary?
On your epitaph?

Some of us have participated in this kind of exercise…
Designed not to memorialize our death,
But, call attention to how we are actually LIVING, now!

Whether we like it or not…
It is in each present moment that we inscribe our “autograph…”
Our incomparable imprint, our unique personal statement…
Our reason for existing, our purpose for planetary being…

What an incredible honor to be blessed with humanity…
And, the privilege to make someone’s difference…
An open ended invitation to make our everlasting contribution…
To life, to love…to the evolution of mankind…

As we write our history…enhancing other’s stories…
How shall we be remembered…?
By how much we loved and cared for all we encountered,
Lives crossing paths, once and/or “forever…”
The possibilities are limitless…endless…

Isn’t this the true measure of a “man?”
Certainly not what we have accumulated…
Rather what we have given…
And, more importantly, how we have done so…

Who will be among those who commemorate your life?
How will you want them to appreciate what?
Who are you willing to be now…?
When will you begin?

 

Originally published February 3rd, 2012

Re-posted from PhilTowle.com with permission.