“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
― William Faulkner
This week has been an opportunity to reflect and question why I am in such a hurry at times which can also lead to why I can be impatient with others. I think it has a lot to do with how I accept my own mortality having lost my father in my early teens and my mother before my thirties.
Seeing the process of dying with both my parents passing from cancer; my father after a short battle and my mother’s battle lasting 3 years, has meant I was able to see first hand how they responded to their lives and their approach to “unfinished business”.
I won’t go into the details of my mothers amazing legacy, but to say that her impact will be felt beyond this generation.
What does this denote for my own actions?
It means, I hate to let opportunities pass by. I’m not satisfied with ok or good, but am always shooting for great with the things I believe matter. I trust that by working harder and pushing boundaries I will continue to develop my own legacy.
I find the range of responses in the video below very interesting. I wonder how many of us would do more today, instead of waiting for tomorrow, if we knew how to answer this seemingly straightforward question – “How will you be remembered?”