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When my mother, who was an extremely accomplished woman, was on her deathbed, she fretted about the legacy she had left behind. When a person – any person – is facing the end of their days on this earth, it is not an unreasonable question.
And I realized that we make a substantial mistake when we wait for someone to die before we show our appreciation to them. Yes, it is nice for their surviving family to know that other people care and share their pain. But it would be even better if we, as a society, consciously sought to make people feel honored during their lifetimes.
So I am resolving to do just this. Indeed, I started doing this recently, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. In ways big and small, I am going to reinforce to the living the impact that they have made to the people around them, the legacy that they leave behind. People deserve to be acknowledged.Published in