Sociologist Tony Campolo told about a study in which fifty people over the age of 90 were asked to reflect upon their lives. “If you had it to do over again,” they were asked, “what would you do differently?” Though there were many answers, three responses dominated. Here they are:
First, many respondents answered, “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?
Second, they said, “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?
Finally, they said, “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?
Leave a legacy.
These are what our elders say they would do 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 which makes a difference in this world—
and a beautiful legacy is what you will leave behind.