The Eulogy Exercise Part 2(DW# 846 )

Yesterday we did the Eulogy exercise where we imagined what our loved ones, colleagues and acquaintances would remember about us after we are gone.

It is common for this exercise to bring up some sadness and regret specially if we notice a big difference between what we aspire to be and how we are actually living our lives.

Here’s the thing:

While we are still on this planet, we are in the zone of action, we can still take action to live up to our aspirations.

So here is part two of the Eulogy Exercise:

Step into the future reality of your own funeral. Imagine what you hope others will say about you.

Write down the qualities that are most important to you. Also write down what you wish that they would say. Write down how you would LIKE to be remembered. What virtues would you like your life to stand for?

Think of it as a To-Be List (as opposed to a To-Do list).

Keep this list somewhere you can access and review it every single day.
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The Eulogy Exercise(DW# 845)

Have you started thinking about how you would like to be remembered?

 Steven Covey in his seminal book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People suggests an exercise which can help us get some clarity on our eulogy virtues.

 Here is how I do this exercise:

 Imagine that you walk into a funeral. There’s a casket in the front of the room. You walk up to the casket to see who’s in it. You look inside.

 It’s YOU. It is you who is lying motionless in that casket.

 You realise that you are at your own funeral.

 Feel into that for a moment.

 Look around – who is there?

 What do the people who are present have to say about you? What qualities did they most admire and appreciate in you?

 Are you surprised? Delighted?

 Or Sad? Disappointed? Regretful?

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Focus on the journey rather than the destination(DW# 839)

A concept which we discuss repeatedly in DW, is to focus on the process rather than the outcome, the journey rather than the destination.


And this is what Ben Franklin did as well.


By focusing on practicing the virtues repeatedly over the course of the years, he recognized that this was a life long journey or "jihad" – that he needed to focus on the journey of self-development rather than wait to arrive at the destination of "Moral Perfection".
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