There is a reason I watch so little television---as I turned it on and was reminded when Bill O'Reilly proudly proclaimed, "I have accomplished everything I wanted to." The discussion centered around his rumored retirement. I agree with Mike Wallace---NOT GONNA HAPPEN---he LOVES the spotlight too much! I sat there in amazement at the brashness to tell the entire world---I HAVE DONE IT ALL! Talking about an ego--but the thing is--those giant egos have to be fed--and they want more of what they have become accustomed to. The spotlight is never bright enough.
LONG AGO--in my past--I remember a client who would come in every year and talk about the goals they had set for themselves and how they had done. As you can well imagine, it was all for the sake of me seeing not only how they had done financially--since those records spoke for themselves--but also--how well they had performed in all areas of their life. I used to laugh and say my goal was to get everybody up, dressed, fed and off to their respective places. Long term goals involved getting the bills paid for the month and groceries in the pantry weekly. Couple that with keeping the laundry current and house in a semblance of order AND working all day everyday and I had my hands full. My goal was to keep my head above water every day and not loose my cool.
Deep down--I did have some unstated, but internally understood goals-raising my children to be responsible adults--being a person of integrity--loving my family and friends well--deepening my relationship with God--having someone who cared deeply for me and I for them until death parted us--walking the path set before me with dignity and purpose. I cannot sit here and say---check-check-check--did all that! What I can say is I have really tried--tried with all my might--never gave up--and when I failed---I backed up and tried again. And what I did not accomplish--what I could not change--I have tried to endure without bitterness.
At the end of the day---when your final hours are here---what do you hope they say about you as they watch you fade away? When someone sits with the person who will say those final words as your life is summarized, what will they say about you? What is really important? Is accomplishing all your goals, making it to the top of the ladder, leaving a huge estate, leaving behind a list with everything checked off-is that your legacy? Will you have done it all---but what is left is empty and meaningless? How will you be remembered?