Page 2 of An Important Question
Life Changing Question
In a soft voice just above a whisper, he asked,
“What do you want to be remembered for after you die?”
I was somewhat taken back thinking immediately that he was in physical distress and required emergency medical attention. I quickly asked, “What’s wrong – what are you feeling – are you having a problem breathing?”
“No, no, no, nothing like that”, he whispered. “I want you to think about just what I said. What do you want to be remembered for after you die?
I Didn’t Understand
“I don’t understand what you are asking me”. I said confused.
“It really is a simple question but an important question. How do you want people to think of you when you die? Do you want to be known for your humor, for your caring, for helping others no matter who they are, or do you want to be remembered as a person of status, wealth, spending big money on a house, fancy car, long vacations or possessing the latest doodads?
I know I probably sounded like a babbling idiot to him at this time because I couldn’t give him a well thought out answer at all. I still remember feeling uncomfortable because I had no clear answer to give.
A Question Worth Thinking About
Over the years, we may all face this important question. It may be a question that comes to you because of a tragic circumstance, or it may come to you after you have observed or witnessed other people stepping up to many needed issues and taking on great odds to change societal obligations.
It may be a question you ask in later years when you finally realize that you won’t live forever. Or, it may also be a question that you may never want to ask yourself because you are too caught up in enjoying the materialistic side of life.
Think About The Answer
Is it time for you to ask, “What do you want to be remembered for after you die?”
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.” Decouvertes
“If you are going to ask yourself life-changing questions, be sure to do something with the answers.” Bo Bennett
“How can we resent the life we’ve created for ourselves? Who’s to blame, who’s to credit, but us? Who can change it, any time we wish, but us?” Richard Bach