Jedis, Death, and Life – Wisdom in a 5 year old

This morning I watched my son and two other boys play pretend Star Wars during free play. One of the boys threw himself down on the floor and lay still as he enacted his heroic Jedi death. The other boys must have thought it looked fun, because they promptly threw themselves down on top of him and declared that they had died too. The first boy said, ” No! You have to be sad that I died. Say, “Noooo! He’s dead!”

That moment got me thinking, and I think this 5 year old is on to something. We generally don’t like to think about our own death, but even a 5 year old knows he wants to he remembered when he goes. He wants someone to miss him. I think this feeling is a core part of each of us. We all want to feel like our lives have value, even if we don’t often think about it.

When I die, I want people to say that I worked hard and that I stood for what I believed in. I want to look back on my life and know that I gave it my very best shot. I don’t want to get to the end and feel like my life was a waste. I want to contribute some good to the world – a little light.

So the question is, am I living every day the way I want to be remembered when I go? Are you?

I love the quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. We can’t control anyone else, but we can control ourselves. If we live every day like we want to be remembered, the people that count will remember us that way. But we have to live it first.

What about you? How do you want to be remembered? What are you doing each day to make it happen?

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