Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Gravestones


Pretty morbid title, but I recently started reading a book that talked about living your life like you want to be remembered. I'm afraid I don't do a very good job at that. I tend to get caught up in the moment, doing what I want to do for the time being. I don't think I'm very far-sighted. What do I want to be remembered for in a few words? I want people to know (based on my actions) that I loved my God wholeheartedly. I want them to know I loved my family to the best of my abilities. And I want to be known as a compassionate person...one who served others, no matter what they look like, what they wear, what they smell like, and what their past or future looks like. I wish I did a better job at being bold...to seize the moment and do unusual things, like taking a homeless person I come across out to lunch. Things like that. There are a lot of things that I enjoy and aspire to. For example, I'd love to get more education. I'd love to be known as an adventurer, a world traveler, a mountain climber, an avid reader. These are things I have spent some time on. But those things aren't what I want written on my gravestone. I want something far simpler, yet much harder to obtain. I want to be known for my love of others. I want to live my life purposefully. Who doesn't? But it's rare to come across someone who actually does.