“I’d like to be remembered for the way I went about doing my job.” (Goose Gossage)
That quote, from today’s post to the Jack’s Winning Words blog, begs the question that is today’s post title. I suspect it is only as one gets older that they begin to think about that question and the answer that they would like people to remember them by.
There are all sorts of ways to be remembered – many good and many not so good. For many men the answer expressed by Goose Gossage might apply. Men tend to identify themselves with their jobs and most would probably like to be remembered as being successful at those jobs. Some are thrust into heroic acts in their jobs or lives and will undoubtedly be remembered forever for those acts. Most are not heroes, in that sense, yet you often hear someone being eulogized as being a hero or role model to someone else.
Perhaps that is the best way to be remembered – as someone who lived a life that others want to emulate. You hear them remembered as a good and kind and generous human being who cared about others and went about helping others. That is a great way to be remembered. So, perhaps the best way to rephrase what Gossage said is to change the ending and say, “I’d like to be remembered for the way that I lived my life.”
A good way to get on track to be remembered that way is to start each day with a little prayer – “Lord help me live this day in a way that I will be happy to remember.” If you do that, others will remember you that way, too.
How would you like to be remembered?