Have you ever paid attention to a tombstone?
Maybe not, but you know what they look like. A name, date of birth, date of death, and perhaps a thought for others. The important element is the dash between date of birth and date of death.
The dash is the person’s life
What would it look like if it contained all of the events of that life? Maybe a bar code or QR code. Maybe a hyperlink to a huge data base.
All the things we learn, love, and experience. The pain and disappointment. The pride and joy of children and grandchildren. Everything that mattered. Everything that made us who we are.
All compressed into a dash.
A dash seems inadequate.
Maybe the technology for the whole life look is missing, but before the second date comes along, it wouldn’t hurt to make some notes. It might help you understand how you came to this place.
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller.
Process your life. Tell your children and grandchildren about it. Sometimes it will make sense to you too.
Douglas Adams has said, “I didn’t end up where I thought I would, but I think I ended up where I should.”
There is still a chance
It is about meaning. Until the second date goes up, the dash is adjustable. Don’t miss the chance.
Don Shaughnessy arranges life insurance for people who understand the value of a life insured estate. He can be reached at The Protectors Group, a large insurance, employee benefits, and investment agency in Peterborough, Ontario. In previous careers, he has been a partner in a large international public accounting firm, CEO of a software start-up, a partner in an energy management system importer, and briefly in the restaurant business.
Please be in touch if I can help you. firstname.lastname@example.org 866-285-7772