Wednesday, July 22, 2015

How do you want to be remembered?

 My closet is full of t-shirts related to our town's mascot. Almost everyone of them has a catch phrase or slogan that holds meaning to the team that particular year. As I was looking through a large stack, I found one that read, "How do you want to be remembered?" I sat the shirt aside, but for the rest of the day, I kept thinking about the slogan and wondered how I would be remembered one day.
   To get an idea of what others might think about me, I began thinking about friends and family and how I would remember each one of them if they were not here. I'll have to admit, I teared up a bit when I realized how they have been such a huge part of my life. 
   Thinking of friends and family, some of the following thoughts crossed my mind:
  1. She is the most talented person I've ever known.
  2. He never fails to be there when someone needs him.
  3. She has the best sense of humor...she always makes me laugh!
  4. She is the kindest person I know.
  5. He is a success because he's worked so hard for it his whole life. 
  6. She is a strong Christian woman who influences everyone she meets
   Now it was time to think of how others would remember me, but most importantly, how I want to be remembered. It is my hope I will first be remembered as a kind soul who loved God, her family and friends. I only have one shot at this life and I think it's important to leave a good impression on others. I realize not everyone is going to like me and I'm okay with that. Those who do, I want them to remember me with good thoughts. So, here is my list....a few ways I hope others remember me when God calls me home.

  1. She had a great sense of humor and making people laugh. 
  2. She loved kids.
  3. She loved her high school football team...a lot!
  4. She had a passion for life.
  5. She worked hard to be successful and make her dreams come true.
  6. She made a difference in someone's life.
   If you start each morning with the thought, "How do you want to be remembered?" I think it will completely change how you interact with others. I think we will learn to let the small things go, not to overreact, to show kindness when we really want to be anything but kind and to be more conscious of our daily interactions with others. A seven word question.....pretty powerful!

   Think about do you want to be remembered? 


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