When asked what he wanted to be remembered for when his life was over Leo Buscaglia. replied: “I want to be remembered as somebody who lived life fully and with passion. I’ve been asked to write my epitaph and I have always thought that the perfect one for my tombstone would be, ‘Here lies Leo who died living.’”
I want to die living. And I want to be remembered as one who lived with purpose, joy and verve. I want to spend my time learning what goes into a whole and happy life, then building that life the best I can.
Sociologist Tony Campolo told about a study in which fifty people over the age of ninety were asked to reflect upon their lives. “If you had it to do over again,” they were asked, “what would you do differently?” There was a multiplicity of answers, but three responses dominated. Here they are.
- I would reflect more. Do you ever feel that too much time is spent in “doing,” and not enough spent thinking about what you are doing and why you are doing it?
- I would risk more. Do you think that important opportunities either have been or might be forfeited because of your fear to take a necessary risk?
- I would do more things that would live on after I died. Do you feel that you are immersed in something bigger and more enduring than your own existence?
Reflect more h Risk more h Leave a legacy.
These are what our elders say they would do differently the second time around.
But why wait for a second time around? Every new day is a second chance!
Reflect more today—
it will reveal to you what is truly important.
Risk more today—
take a chance on making that dream come alive.
Get involved with something that makes a difference in this world—
and a beautiful legacy is what you will leave behind.