We All Do It, Others Do It Better Than Some.
It was recently announced that the founder of Ikea, Ingvar Kompard passed away at the ripe old age of 91. This was a very successful man right up until his passing. Few see that kind of success in life, yet it’s some thing we should all strive for. To leave our mark on the world or leave those closest to us better off for just knowing us. All to often we slog our way through life doing just enough to get us to the end of the day or the weekend, where we can relax or play for a few hours. Then go back to grind it out again. And we do this day in and day out for most of our lives.
When you’re young aging is so much of an afterthought you never really notice that anyone around you is doing it. Especially yourself, you never take into account your own mortality. In fact you think quite the opposite. That you just might be immortal. However the end comes for us all. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich and famous or poor and destitute. The average life expectancy in America right now is 78 years old. That means most of us will hit our half way point in our 30’s. How crazy is that? 30’s being midlife? That is if you live to the average. On top of that there are so many ways we tend to speed up this process. With poor diets, sedentary lifestyles, drinking and drug use, living without purpose or meaning, etc. All these things can contribute to a shorter less fulfilling life.
What can we do to stem the tide? Well we can start by taking daily action towards a better tomorrow. First within ourselves. We can exercise, start eating right, love ourselves, take care of the one mortal body we were given. As we take care of ourselves, we can than start to look outward for ways to make the lives of those around us better, and to take action to make it happen. And when we do that, deliberately, consciously, and consistently enough. We build a positive and lasting legacy around us. One that created a better world in it’s wake. And here my friend is the secret to immortality, legacies never die.
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