Michael Hyatt is an interesting figure. He was the CEO and President of Thomas Nelson Publishers, leaving the industry to start on his own as a businessman on the internet. His blog/podcast is worth following (one of the top in the field) and his writing is motivational and faith-based.
Tonight I listened to a podcast where Hyatt was interviewed about his new book, Living Forward. He stated that the book is based on three important questions. I heard the first before the boys were acting up enough that I had to pause the podcast.
He asked, how do you want to be remembered at your funeral?
It is almost a cliché but, after thinking about it, the topic has merit. He asked, on the podcast, if your friends and family were gathered at your funeral what kind of conversations would you hear?
This afternoon we had one of Carter’s baseball games. It had rained all morning and, two hours before the game, stopped to give way to wind and sunshine. The boys played well. They went to the adjacent playground as I watched and gave them some time, thinking about the big picture.
I’d like my legacy to be three-headed.
First, I want to be a cornerstone of our family. I want to be someone our boys came to in times of trouble. I want to be a resource, to have had an active relationship with them as they became men with families of their own. I want them to be proud of me as a father.
Secondly, I want my writing to have meant something to an audience, to have someone say “that book, blog post or devotional helped me through a rough time.” I want to know the words hit home and made a life better.
Finally, I want them to say I was a man of faith and community. I want deep roots in a church family, friends to laugh and cry with, and the strength that comes with years. When my grandfather passed, my grandmother said “he had a rough night.” At his funeral she put a rose on the chest of his suit. She knew she would see him again and it helped process the loss of a seventy-year marriage.
This is all a work of progress and purpose, one happening on a daily basis. I’m praying for more focus and less drift, as Hyatt calls it.I’m praying to move forward and make the most of each new day.
Our legacies start now.