How would you like your obituary to read?
June 6, 2019

It’s a standard exercise in career planning workshops. Imagine you’re dead. Now, how would you like your obituary to read? You begin with the end, as the saying goes, and work backwards. If you want people to remember you a certain way, does your life reflect that?

What helped me decide how I want to be remembered was realizing I don’t want to be this person: “A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.”

Deceased Maureen would be mighty tickled to have even one person describe me thusly: “Her superpower was listening.” Which makes it easier to decide how to live. I just have to remember to be a good listener. I could get a tattoo or even a piece of jewelry to remind me. What about a pair of… Oh. I know! Ears.

Wait a second. I have ears. They’re a good reminder to use them!