Today I attended the funeral of the father of three of my dear friends. These are friends who have been a part of my life for over 30 years. There is not a lot I don’t know about their family and their history. They are a very gregarious family who loves to live life to the fullest, loves to surround themselves with friends and loves to tell stories.
The evening before the funeral friends and family gathered at a local bar to celebrate the life of the family patriarch and to share stories of his colorful life. There were no shortage of tales, laughs and tears.
At times like that you can’t help but think – what are the stories people will someday tell about me?
How we live our lives and the impact that we have on the world and people we inhabit it with will live on long after we have gone. We have the opportunity and the responsibility to make it a life worthy of great stories.
Several years ago I received a message from a fortune cookie that read, “How do I want to remember this?” That question has been a guide for me when making decisions. It has caused me to stop and think about the actions that I take or don’t take, the friends that I make or let go of, and the experiences that I create for myself and others.
If I am creating my life in a manner that I will be proud to reflect on and remember, then perhaps others will be someday be rewarded with a great story to tell.
What is the story you want others to tell of you? It’s time to create that story.