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 at the apex of what it means to be a public servant full of integrity and courage. He knew how 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…..your personal version and what that would look like as someone is eulogizing you.
Then work backwards. Make the eulogy virtues part of your every day life. Make them your personal living dialog. Ensure through your actions those eulogy virtues are how you will be described at your funeral. You’re in control here. Don’t let the behavior of others, the negativity of society or other detractors pull you off target.
So often we feel weak, not in control, pulled around by others in our life. But we have more control than we realize…when we take control!
The good we do lives on in others.