I attended an achingly beautiful funeral last week. Tragic. Substantive. Stunning in its elegant reflections on one man’s ordinary, extraordinary life. It was one of those horribly unexpected deaths. No preparation. No goodbyes.
Despite shock and sadness, I was left with a sense of just how much impact one life can have. How inspirational, how motivating, how divine, one life–deeply lived–can be.
It might be a cliche to speak in terms of “carpe diem“. Never the less. Seize the day. Now is the time.
To laugh. To play. To work. To dream. To achieve. To serve. To contribute.
Whether in the spotlight, or quietly as a dear friend reminded me recently,
“The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.” — George Eliot
There is no ordinary life after all. Each in our own ways, is changing the world. Will it be for its good? What is it that you will leave behind? I don’t mean your possessions.
What is the legacy, the story, the imprint of your soul on this planet?
Who has gone before you who has had impact on your life? Would you share your thoughts below?