Elijah Cummings was laid to rest with dignitaries eulogizing him. He was described as noble, good-hearted, a collaborator, and compromiser. He was a kind, brave honest and faithful family man that could be counted on to stand up for what is right over who is right. He was a public servant full of integrity and courage. He knew to Begin With the End in Mind.
One had a sense of the relationships he developed by the admirers who came together to share their experiences with Elijah Cummings.
This is what life is all about. Begin With the End in Mind. I’ve mentioned in other posts the overriding purpose of life is to make a lasting contribution to our family and society.
Through his life, Cummings gave us the road map to do this. The “eulogy virtues” described above are the answer to our question, how to live?
Begin With the End in Mind
Become intimately familiar with the virtues that describe Elijah Cummings, how he lived and who he was. Study them, journal about them, contemplate them, ask yourself questions about these virtues, imagine how you could recreate them.
Then work backwards. Make the eulogy virtues part of your life, a living dialog. Ensure by your actions those eulogy virtues are how you will be described at your funeral. You’re in control here.
So often we feel not in control of our life. But we have more control than we realize…when we take control!
The good we do lives on in others.