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How Would You Like to be Remembered?

I wrote recently about Honoring A Sensei.

I am a Sensei. You may be a Sensei too, or you may assist your Sensei. One day we will all pass away. How would you like to be remembered?

This is a serious question. It is one thing to honor a Sensei when he or she passes away. That is a good thing. But at that point, it would be good to ask yourself, how would you like people to remember and honor you? And if you would like people to remember that you did certain things, then you will have to do them!

What I am saying is that we have the power to create our own legacies. We can work at it. Our legacies don't have to happen by accident. From this moment, and in every moment of our lives, we can do something meaningful... something worth remembering.

Of course, good deeds are noble and worthwhile whether people remember them or not. I don't mean to say that we should try to pile up accomplishments just so that we will get credit. The reward for a good deed is the action itself.

Not too long ago I went to the funeral for my second son's girlfriend's grandfather. Jamie is the eldest of 10 grandchildren. At the funeral, a video was shown. Each of the 10 grandchildren said something, shared a memory, of their grandfather. They each had something good to say. It was obvious that they deeply loved their grandfather.

I thought to myself, "That's the kind of grandfather I want to be!" (This was before my granddaughter was born.)

The grandchildrens' memories were not earth shattering. For the most part, they were of special moments with their grandfather... going on trips, driving somewhere, just talking at the house. The special moments weren't special because they were spectacular, they were special because they represented quality time with their grandfather.

We have the opportunity to create special moments, to be part of quality time with our loved ones, friends, and students.

Or we can just let life pass us by.


Charles C. Goodin