I am a big believer in the practice of writing your own eulogy. Although morbidly sounding, this exercise can be quite powerful and help you generate a crystal clear vision of how you want your life to turn out.
In his productivity classic 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey dedicates a one of his famous habits to: thinking with the end in mind. Is there any more effective way to think with the end in mind then to consider what your legacy will be? There are additional reasons
why writing your eulogy is a wonderful exercise:
1. It makes your ultimate goals crystal clear. Because we so easily lose perspective, physically writing down our life’s achievements from an after-we-die standpoint magnifies our most important objectives.
2. It makes your daily stresses seem trivial. If you really indulge in this exercise, you will come away feeling surprisingly refreshed and motivated. Instead of being “down” after thinking about your demise for a few hours, you will actually feel lighter, happier and more upbeat.
3. It gives you a sense of purpose. This is perhaps the most important point, as purpose can provide meaning and fulfillment to any lifetime.
OK, I know this is a difficult task to take on, but I am going to help you. Below you can read what I want said about me, Todd Goldfarb, when it’s all said and done. At the end of my eulogy (and yes, that does sound weird), I am tagging a few blogger friends of mine who might want to share their legacy story for readers.
Of course, no one is under any pressure to post an article like this, and I understand it is very personal. But I contend that it’s a powerful exercise for anyone to partake, especially for those of us who write about personal development. Plus, I hope to show that this exercise is an excellent way to strengthen the relationship between any blogger and his/her readers.
Lastly (and I am writing this sentence after I finished the part below), I want to say that writing your own eulogy should be a practice in creating the ideal for yourself. I do not want to leave you thinking “oh, that Todd Goldfarb, he thinks he is so great” or “man is he cocky and arrogant”! Rather, this exercise is an opportunity for you to physically deploy your highest ambitions and most lofty dreams, and a great way to open the pathways to make these things become reality.
With that said, I hope you all enjoy my eulogy:
We The Change Founder Dies
After 100+ years of exploring, creating, teaching, learning and living Todd Goldfarb has passed away due to natural causes at his Lake house in Pennsylvania. He was surrounded by a large gathering of immediate family and close friends.
Todd was best known for his passion to help people live better lives, and for his fervor to make the world a more sustainable place for future generations. In a career that spanned nearly 70 years, Todd became a well-known advocate of living life to its fullest and constantly explored avenues to learn, and then teach, valuable development concepts.
He was a life-coach, writer, public speaker, entrepreneur and activist who often thought of himself as a conduit of information; he truly enjoyed learning from others and then creating platforms for sharing this information with as many as possible.
To his dying day Todd was an advocate of cultivating what he called a “preventative lifestyle”, and believed in the premise of healing from the inside out. He was a proponent of healthy eating, consistent workout routines, spiritual practices, holistic methods of healing and methods of sustainability; he was proud to say that he practiced what he preached.
Todd’s most prized professional moments came during the first few decades of the century, when his work was considered an integral part of the movement that lead to a more sustainable future for mankind. His company, We The Change, became a very well known and effectual platform for the spread of vital personal development and sustainability information, and in many ways paralleled the struggles and hopes of that chaotic time in history.
Todd also had the opportunity to meet and connect with some of the most influential thinkers of the 21st century, and would always say that one of his greatest accomplishments was that he “always had at least one small insight to add to the vast discussions”. Many of these great thinkers would attest that he had a lot more to add than that…
Although Todd’s work lead to considerable personal wealth, he implemented various foundations early in his career that gave most of it back to people and causes that he believed in. In fact, Todd spent a great deal of time during his 40’s and 50’s traveling the world and spreading the concepts of equality, morality and “conscious living” to underprivileged people.
He was a big believer in living life comfortably, but always portrayed a genuine sense of modesty in his dealings. For Todd, it was always more important to be conscious of others and of the greater landscape of the world he lived in.
Perhaps Todd’s greatest achievements can be seen in the large amount of family, friends and supporters he garnered during his lifetime. His family was his backbone, and his 65+ year marriage to his wife was the partnership that allowed the rest to unfold. Todd always said that he family they raised together produced more happiness for him than anything.
ALRIGHT, I would like to tag my friends Peter, Zorka, Aaron, Kevin and Leo to partake in this exercise. For everyone else, spend some time contemplating this activity. It is not necessary to share it with the world; just do it for yourself!
Read Zorka’s Legacy here!
Read Akemi’s Eulogy here!
Read Peter’s Story here!
Read Aaron’s Tale here!
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