Or, what do you want your story to be? Deep down we all want our lives to matter, and we want our story to be one of significance. What will your obituary say about you and the life you lived? Having seen several clients and friends pass away in the past few years, I have seen more obituaries than I care to. Some are just saying all the nice things about the deceased person, so we will know what kind of a person they were, while others tell of a life fully lived in the pursuit of purpose and significance, helping others and witnessed by many. How do you want to be remembered? Everyone loves their family, and it is easy to show that love with our words and actions, but do we love other people in a way that makes a difference in their lives? Do you believe you can live a life of significance, that you can do things that really matter? Do you believe you can make your story great?
Well, you can. What is the key? Living each day with intentionality and making a difference in the lives of others. When you intentionally use your everyday life to bring about positive change in the lives of others, you begin to live a life that matters.
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing” - Albert Einstein.
When asked to describe significant regrets in their lives, eight out of ten people focus on actions they did not take rather than actions the did. In other words, they focus on things they failed to do rather than things they failed at doing. I believe you can write your own story starting today and a better story will emerge for you when you are highly intentional with your life.
Acts 20:35 (Amp.) says that, “it is more blessed (and brings greater joy) to give than to receive.” There have been several studies proving that people with a strong life purpose are more likely to live longer, healthier lives. Why? One reason may be that they engage in healthy behaviors and are more willing to change unhealthy behaviors. Also, those who give more of their time as well as resources to help others are happier and fulfilled with their lives overall. As we live our lives, acting in love, reaching out to and helping others, we transcend our selfish nature, live out our deepest values and are more content in every way.
Start now and start small. Pay it forward in the everyday things that most take for granted. Holding a door for someone, letting a car in line in front of you, smiling, saying hello and making eye contact with people, being considerate and kind or weeding and planting flowers for a local elementary school. There are opportunities all around you, every day. Always remember the first line from Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life; "It is not about you."