Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Life's Short...How Will You be Remembered?

It is folly of our species that we reserve the greatest bouquets for our dead.  -Richard Paul Evans

About eight months ago my cousin, Brad, gave a very moving eulogy at his dad's memorial service.  As he shared memories of his father, he outlined the top ten things that he felt best described his dad's unique life and the way his dad thought about life that helped him impact the world.
1.  Live with awe - ask important questions:  did I live, did I love, did I matter, what does the universe mean?  Notice the little things.  Make everyday precious.  Experience with the wonder of youth.  Have a contagious zest for life.
2.  Explore - travel; see the world; understand other cultures.  In order to make the biggest difference in the world, you need to understand how the world works.
3.  Stay until the last play - what is important in the game of sports is important in life.
4.  Take only those who are ready - teams only work if people are ready to work as a team.
5.  Toot your own horn - It is often not enough to do something great; you have to tell people about it.  Not so much that you are bragging, but sharing accomplishments with others who might be able to help you reach your own goals.
6.  Have the will to change - There is no such thing as a problem, only a management opportunity.
7.  Save your money - money is power and cannot keep your power and security if you spend your money.  Spend money on what is important, but never waste it.
8.  Be succinct - Understand the value of time and being concise.  Know how to express a lot while only saying a little. 
9.  Lift others up - Identify exceptional people; embrace every race and creed; those that you lift up will in turn lift you up.
10.  Embrace humor - make others laugh and learn to laugh at you.  Laughter is the best medicine.
Thomas J. would've been 74 today.  Happy Birthday, Tom!  How are you impacting heaven?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Life is short...forgive quickly

Life is short...eternity is NOT!

Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:34

Life is short, but each morning ushers in the first day of the rest of our life.  Live one day at a time.  Take no anxious thought for the morrow.