In the 1925 U.S. Open, famed golfer, Bobby Jones pulled a one-iron out of his bag and addressed the ball. As he set up to hit out of the rough grass, his ball moved ever so slightly, a motion that calls for a stroke penalty. He was the only one who saw it; and yet, he called the penalty on himself. The penalty eventually cost him the championship. When people tried to congratulate him on his sportsmanship, Jones replied, “That’s like congratulating someone for not robbing a bank.”
Have you done any work on your obituary, recently? I don’t mean writing it ahead of time, as some people do, leaving humorous or poignant messages to be published upon their death. I’m talking about working on things that matter now. You see, the way you live today will determine what your family will write about and talk about after you have died. [Tweet This]
I have got a lot of living to do yet. I still have many dreams and goals for my life, my marriage, my family, and my work. But I am also aware that the years ahead of me are fewer than the ones behind me. So I need to be intentional about how I live in the time that remains. How will those you leave behind tell your story? When I leave this world, my story—like yours—will be told largely through 5 T’s. Consider them with me, and see how your obituary is shaping up.