Do you want a life of fulfillment? Muslims believe that building a life of fulfillment involves working from the end to the present. Think about what will be said at your eulogy. Then make plans to build a life of fulfillment based on that.
Three eulogy quotes:
“No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.” St. Augustine
What if all you did was pay your bills, make your tax payments, and feed your family? Yes, all of these are important and there would be a price to pay if you did not do these things. These are basic life obligations. My father fed me, clothed me, and paid my way through college. He did the basics. But he did not go above and beyond that. He failed to recognize the need to love, comfort, and be there for us. The basics were not enough.
What about you? What can you do that goes above and beyond just living? How can you make a positive individual, family, community, and world contribution? What do you want said at your eulogy? How can you build a life of fulfillment?
“One way to evaluate your own reputation is to think about what would be said of you at your eulogy.” Brian Koslow.
Build your reputation by building a life of fulfillment.
So what is your reputation? I suppose it’s made up of what people think of you. This could be quite co-dependent. According to David Burns, author of “Feeling Good,” it’s dysfunctional to be in the business of reading minds. At the same time, it can be enlightening to think about how others perceive you. Is the general consensus of your societal contributions positive? Do others see your existence as important to the universe? Do you see yourself going above and beyond just living, just barely getting by, and only doing what you have to do? Think about it.
“A radio show recently did a beautiful eulogy of me.” Janis Ian
Suppose a radio show did do a eulogy for you? It could be fun to ruminate on this and wonder just what a radio interviewer would say. I’ve taken the liberty of writing what might be said about me.