Whitney. Michael. Prince. Kobe. They are legends in their own right who many would say died before they fulfilled their full legacies on earth.
I've been thinking a lot about Kobe Bryant given the second anniversary of his death, not because I was a Kobe fan but because of the end that we will all see.
We don't know the time or place that we will take our final breath in human form. Regardless of any demographic, title, background, or profession that separates us, we are united by our mortality. Although we may think we are superhuman, we are finite.
Money, fame, privilege, credentials, age, education, athleticism, power...nothing saves us from death. We work to achieve goals that we hope are the "right" goals, ones that make a difference and confirm that our time on earth mattered.
When someone famous dies, we regular folks start to ask a lot of questions. At the end of our lives, will we matter? Will we make a difference? Will we do enough? Will anyone care? Did we do the right work? Is there hope for us?
People are shaken by the deaths of famous people because we are forced to think, critically think about who we are and what we represent. As much as we want to walk through the motions of our lives, we can't fake our work on earth and the impacts we made.
For a few moments, we pause to ask if we are in the right place at the right time doing the right things with the right people.
Legacies are big deals, friends. During our time on earth, we have so many opportunities to touch lives in ways that only we can. Let today remind you of YOUR legacy and power.
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