After attending a funeral today of a friend I began to reflect. Reflect on what? The bigger picture. What might that picture look like?
It is our duty to live extraordinary lives.
All of us. We not only deserve to be happy. It is our duty. It is not only our hope to do well. It is our duty.
Words like “OK”, “good” and “fine” all are lacking in excitement. There is no enthusiasm. Why can we not replace them with “great”, “brilliant”, “amazing”, “fantastic”, and “excellent” into our normal vocabulary?
Living with a purpose, and having a purpose for living is a driving force.
Why not include them in our normal vocabulary with our children? At work, with our employees?
The best we can do to honor someone who has passed on before us is to live an extraordinary life. The happier we are, the more successful we are (both personally and professionally), the more at peace we are (with ourselves and others), the bigger the contributions we make to society, they all are ways to life to the fullest. Whatever our job, whatever our role, we can make a difference. We can be great at whatever it is we do.
My friend who was buried today what made him extraordinary was his level of loyalty to others, his drive and dedication, as well as simply being a truly down to earth nice guy. There are not enough of these people who are willing to do for their friends and others without fail. They are rare commodities, and we can learn so much from them.
One lesson is that it is never too late to start living and never too early to begin, because we never really know when it will be too late. Every day, every moment we are here, in every way we have the opportunity to get better and better. Don’t wait.