Any day now, I expect to get the call telling me my mother has passed on.
It‘s been less than two months since she was diagnosed with an incurable and inoperable cancer. And although her mind is strong and clear, every day her body gets weaker.
She has said her goodbyes, she’s at peace and she is without pain. She has nothing to resolve, no regrets and is appreciative of her long, well-lived life.
She will make her transition just as she has lived her 84 years—with grace, dignity, courage and compassion. She’s ready, but we will miss her greatly.
Watching someone experience their last days on earth can’t help but cause one to think more about our own mortality. One of the few things we know for sure is that we will all one day leave this earthly existence. And few of us will know when, where and how it will happen.
Life is short—or so it seems.
Regardless of how many days, months or years we have left, we all want to feel complete when we die. We want to have made a difference. We want to know that we mattered, that we’ve done something of significance.
What about you? What do you want to accomplish with the rest of your life? What dreams do you have left to achieve? What legacy do you want to leave?
My mother did not aspire to greatness. She simply did her best on a consistent basis. The result was, and is, a life well lived and an inspiration to many.
SuccessNet, the organization I founded 16 years ago this month, is dedicated to helping you experience more purpose, passion and prosperity. It—and we—have much more to do. If you have been informed, inspired and empowered to be your best, then I will feel we have succeeded. And I feel confident that the best is yet to come—for you and for SuccessNet.
I encourage you, as I am doing myself, to think deeply about achieving your full and unique potential. Richard Bach wrote, “Here’s a test to find out whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.”