Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | August 20, 2011

The Well-Lived Life

When I come to the end of my days, I trust that I can look back with satisfaction that mine was a life well-lived.  Last month, I attended a celebration of a life well-lived, a life that touched so many people in so many ways.  This celebration reinforced some concepts for me—concepts that were, perhaps, theoretical in my youth, but have become very applicable as the years have gone by.

The well-lived life is one that is lived for other people—for family, for friends, or maybe even for strangers.  The well-lived life is not about what we accomplish for ourselves, but about what we do for others.   It is all about time, influence, and meaning.  It is all about answering that time-honored question, “What is the meaning of life?”

“Meaning” in life, I believe,  is derived from investing in the next generation, and in the generation after that.  And investing means spending one’s time in order to positively influence those around us.  There  can be no influence without putting in the time.  When we imprint ourselves upon others with a positive influence, we leave a lasting mark; we help give rise to aspirations, values, and hope for a bright future.  We, thus, help shape the lives of those around us, while at the same time adding deep meaning and infinite value to our own lives.

One day, I hope it can be said of me, “His was a life well lived.”


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