Today I’m asking you a very important question. The question is “How will you be remembered?” On a wide scale this refers to what people will say or think about you when you’re no longer on the face of the earth.
However, this question also applies to your daily interactions. How will your colleagues remember you when you move to another company? How will the sales girl at the supermarket you go to regularly describe you? Will you deposit light with every connection you make, or will you be remembered as an agent of gloom?
If you plan to have a fulfilled life, you must treat people well. It is absolutely compulsory. You cannot go around depositing poison in other people’s lives and expect your life to blossom. Just like the popular quote says, when you point one finger at a person, you have three pointing right back at you. Whatever you give you will get in greater measure. So if you want to live a good life, then be good to others.
What are you doing for others?
Be kind to those who need it the most. Kindness unlocks the divinity inside you and it opens you up to life’s richest blessings. Give of yourself to the world. Don’t be a taker. Always look for ways to serve others because this will feed your soul. As Martin Luther King Jr said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”
If you want to live a full life, you must also start with the end in mind. What do you want people to say about you when you die? You need to write your answer down and let it guide your life’s journey.
I started taking this question seriously when On Air Personality, Tosyn Bucknor died last year. The internet was flooded with videos of her laughing and dancing. Celebrities told story after story of how she’d put their songs on the radio before they were even famous and didn’t demand any payment. She was a good person and she lived a good life. That’s how I want to be remembered.
I also wrote out something former CNN journalist, Isha Sesay said about Michelle Obama and I read it with my name attached to remind me who I’m supposed to be and how I should be remembered.
Here it is:
“She’s an incredibly accomplished woman in her own right. And she is this magnificent being. And when she walks into a room, her light and her energy just floods it.”
“When she fixes on you and you experience one-on-one her warmth and her generosity of spirit, it’s really overwhelming… she has the impact to really shape and inspire. She’s committed to lifting people up and being a voice for those that aren’t often heard. She’s been an incredible advocate for women and girls, and she’s a great champion.”
How’s that for a description? Wouldn’t you love it if someone said such amazing things about you? I know I would. I’m obviously not there yet, but everyday I keep in mind who I want to be and how I want people to feel when they meet me and I allow that guide my conversations and my attitude.
I never want to be the reason why another person feels small or inadequate. I always want to be the one who affirms and helps people reach for their dreams, and that should be your goal too. You are the light of the world, so let that light shine.