To live on in the minds and hearts of the generations who will follow you is to cheat death. To make such a difference through the way you lead and show up is to find immortality. To have a lasting impact on human lives-by being a great champion at work or a great parent at home or a great leader in your community-is to live forever.
“Impact” is one of my favorite words these days. So is “legacy”. Greatness comes by beginning something that doesn’t end with you. So stop worrying about death. Care more about life. What you will create today? What contribution you will make today? What person will you celebrate today? What fear you will beat today? What act of kindness you will offer today? What social ill you will remedy today? What wrong will you right today?
To paraphrase Mel Gibson’s character in Braveheart (one of my all-time favorite movies): “Every one of us will die. But so few of us really live.” Nice.