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Here is the Daily Dose for Friday, February 22, 2019.
Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1
How Will You Be Remembered
Every few years I get a reminder that I am getting older. It typically comes by mail in the form of the announcement of my latest high school class reunion. I still remember my five-year high school reunion and the ten-year reunion, but when those reunion years start to get into the multiple decades, you know you’re not as young as you used to be. As I consider attending the events, every time I wonder who will be there, if I will remember them, and if they will remember me.
Inevitably, I realize that what was important to me in high school to be known for is not nearly as important to me as an adult to be remembered for. In high school, I wanted to be known for being cool. I wanted to be known for having the right clothes and knowing the coolest new music and dances. It was important to me that people knew I was large and in charge, for whatever that means when your parents are still paying the bills. By contrast, as an adult, I realize that I would prefer to be remembered as a nice guy. I would prefer to be remembered not for what I wore, but for how I interacted with other people. As an adult, I realize that the things that I thought were important then, will barely be remembered by anyone now.
The great thing about life is you get to choose how people will remember you. The only problem is you have to choose it in advance. Each of us chooses today, how we will be remembered tomorrow. How you treat people defines how they will remember you. If you are kind, honest and joyful today, you will be remembered as kind honest and joyful tomorrow. However, if you are mean, cantankerous and evil today, you will certainly be remembered as mean, cantankerous and evil tomorrow. So as you go through each day take some time to remember that what you do today will define who you will be remembered as tomorrow.