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Lasting memories

September 13, 2011 - Steve Murch
When you are gone and buried, or whatever you want done with your remains, how do you want to be remembered? And who do you want to remember you?

I think the answer to the former will likely affect the latter. If the only people you want to remember you are family and close friends, then they will remember you fondly and with love, so your actions will have less consequence to the memory of you. However, if you want to be remembered by more people than those closest to you, then your actions will be bolder.

Yet, shouldn't we strive to live a life that anyone would be proud to remember even if no one remembers – and shouldn't we act like we don't care if people remember? Selflessness is a characteristic we all appreciate (some, unfortunately, not as much as others) in people, those willing to give of themselves and not expect anything in return.

We spent the last few weeks leading up to the 10th anniversary to 9/11 hearing stories of the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives so others could live. We've heard about the families who have dedicated themselves to help others in the name of loved ones who died that day. In some instances those memories will last generations as others are helped by the survivors, while in other cases those who died will only be remembered by their loved ones and those they helped. In either case, those people are heroes, and should be our inspiration to make some sort of a difference – big or small.

Take an example from those whose actions on Sept. 11, 2011, helped and affected so many, and live a life that helps others and leaves a positive influence on others.

Now that would be worth remembering.


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