What They Say When You’re Gone

This morning I read an article about our productivity and success when we’re young versus the years when we’re over 50 and how those things relate to our happiness and well-being. Here’s one of the things the author said that strikes my heart.

“Résumé virtues are professional and oriented toward earthly success. They require comparison with others. Eulogy virtues are ethical and spiritual, and require no comparison. Your eulogy virtues are what you would want people to talk about at your funeral. As in ‘He was kind and deeply spiritual,’ not ‘He made senior vice president at an astonishingly young age and had a lot of frequent-flier miles.'”

When I’m gone, I would like to think people will more often reflect on ‘how Paula affected my life’ as opposed to ‘what Paula accomplished.’ Unless, of course, what I accomplished was a key component in how I affected your life.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

Be a blessing to someone today.

Source: Your professional peak by Arthur C. Brooks

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