What do you want to be known for?
Isn’t it time that you started thinking about how you would like to be known or remembered for? What would you like people to say about you after you’re gone?
Now is the time to start establishing yourself as the person you’d like to be known as.
You’re a wise world walker and as such, you have the ability to see and perceive things unencumbered by the social restrictions that confine other earthlings with limiting beliefs.
The first step in establishing the person that you would like to become is to take stock of where you are currently. Evaluate how you see yourself, how others think about you, and if possible, try to get honest third-party perceptions about the kind of person you are.
Having an objective opinion about one’s self is the first step of wisdom.
I’m a list person, so I would suggest getting a piece of paper and start jotting down what other people’s opinions of you are as well as how you think others might perceive you objectively.
We tend to see ourselves from within and consider the person who we are to be the most intimate and trusted person we know. We know our thoughts, motivations and inner feelings. So, we know how deeply we feel about certain people, circumstances and topics but no one outside ourselves knows how we feel.
Decide which inner feelings you’d like to have recognized for by your family, peers, coworkers, community and possibly the world at large.
So, here’s the next list: Who I Want to be known as?
Go ahead; go crazy. This is your life. The impression you leave on others is all that remains of your life’s journey.
It might help to relax and imagine what you might like to hear people saying about you at your funeral (avoiding the morbidity of the idea). You need not go as far as writing your own eulogy, though some people like doing this as part of the process.
This is not a one-time affair. The wise world walker is constantly evaluating his or her life, being aware of where they are in their journey and intentionally putting their sights on other destinations to engage with.
As a matter of fact, as I write these words, I too, am reflecting deeply… and have just uncovered something that brought me to tears. Though too intimate to share publicly, the basis of it is simply:
I have sincere, deep feelings about something.
The public (exterior) sense of others might have no idea about how passionately I feel about this thing.
If I ask myself, “Would I like to be remembered for how I feel?” or, “Would I like the world to know how I feel?” and the answer is, “Yes.” Then I have a great deal of work to do.
It is not always comfortable work – and in most cases it is not – but thank God you have the wherewithal to realize the separation that exists between
where the perception of you lies
what you would like to have known about you.
Your challenge – if you decide to accept it – is to think of ways that your true, authentic self can be seen by others and start taking action.
Who are you?
Let people know who you are.
I want to know you for everything that you would like to be remembered for.
Don’t just tell me; show me.