What Do You Want on Your Tombstone? // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

An ancient proverb says, “There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.”

Let’s suppose for a moment that instead of reading this column right now, you are reading the obituaries. As you glance over the names of the deceased, you are startled to realize that your name is listed there! The newspaper says that you have passed away. It tells of your life, your accomplishments, and your relationships.

Think for a moment – what would the funeral notice reveal about you? If the person who wrote it told the honest truth – would you be satisfied with the results?

What do you hope to have written about you some day in your obituary? What differences do you need to make in your life right now in order for this to occur? Here’s another thought – What do you want on your tombstone? (And don’t say pepperoni!)

In one brief phrase or sentence, can you sum up the “bottom line” of your life? What is your purpose? What are you doing today to achieve that purpose?

Your ship will arrive at the desired port only by lifting the anchor, hoisting the sails, and setting out to sea.

“This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind. . .I press toward the mark . .” Philippians 3:13, 14

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of. . Employ thy time well. . .Since thou art not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour.” –Ben Franklin

“When a man’s fight begins within himself, he is worth something.” Robert Browning

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