How do you want to be remembered?

By the time you read this post, I’ll either be sitting in the airport or already up in the air.
For the first time in 4+ years, I’m heading home to Canton, Ohio.

I wasn’t expecting to make this trip but a few nights ago ago my grandma died.

And so here I am, heading back home for the funeral and to spend time with my family.

I hope you’ll indulge me while I tell you a little bit about my grandma.

She was 99 years old when she died, falling just short of her goal of reaching 100.

She had 8 children, 20 grandchildren, and 30 great grandchildren and was married to my grandfather until his death in 1994.

My grandma visited all 50 states and a few countries outside of the US.

She spent a year in college back when it was rare for women to do so.

And amazingly, her mind was still intact when she died. Her memory of past events was incredible, often better than my own memory of the same event.

But those are just the details.

What really matters is who she was as a person, how she’ll be remembered by those who loved her.

My cousin Andy summed it up best in a simple message on Facebook:

“If everyone had the positive impact on the world that my grandma had, the world would be a much better place. In her 99 years, I would be shocked if she ever had an unkind word to say about another person.”

A simple statement, a simple testimonial, and yet a powerful one.

And so here’s what I want to ask you: 

How do you want to be remembered when you die?

As much as we like to deny it, as much as like to pretend that it won’t happen to us, we will all die someday.

But before than, we have the opportunity to impact lives every single day.

Some of us will do that with grand gestures  and remarkable accomplishments.

Others will do it in a quieter manner, like my grandma.

Whichever path you choose, remember that you do have some control over how you will be remembered.

And so I want to challenge you to reflect on the following questions:

  • How do you want to be remembered when you die?
  • What do you need to make that happen?
  • Are you doing it? (i.e, what’s needed so that others remember you the way you want to be remembered)

And then start living your answers to those questions every single day. 

These are important questions I believe, ones that if we take the time to reflect upon, can help shape our destiny and help shape the choices we make in life.

That’s how you create a powerful legacy! That’s how you make a positive impact on the world.

Sending peace and love,

Ed Herzog


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