We live our lives remembering.
Every day we remember to do our daily routines. We remember what to do before and after work. We remember the traffic rules, school and office policies. We remember the life lessons we learn from books and people to apply them in our lives.
We remember the values our parents taught us. We remember our love for family and friends, so we go through great lengths to show that love. We remember birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and other special occasions.
We remember with gratefulness those people who, in one way or another, helped change us and the direction of our lives for the better.
And hopefully as much, we remember Jesus Christ, His life, death and resurrection to live a meaningful life from here to eternity.
September 30, 2012 – On our way back from Baguio to Manila, to conclude our Ice Breaker game with my Family of Brothers in a car, my friend, Ramil, asked: “What will you do if you have one last hour to live?” Of course that spurred very interesting answers.
My reply: I’ll make a farewell video to family and friends then, if I have the resources, I’ll have an extravagant dinner with my family at a place where the mountains meet the seas.
In our schools, jobs, and relationships, there comes a time when we, or someone dear to us, has to leave.
What kind of feelings, thoughts and memories would we leave behind?
Are we going to be utterly hated and scorned, or are we going to be sorely missed and forever loved?
“You will only be remembered in life by the problems you solve and the ones you create. You will only be pursued for the problems you solve. The problem that infuriates you the most is the problem God has assigned you to solve.” – Mike Murdock
How do I want to be remembered?
I want to be lovingly reminisced as someone who:
- stretched himself to be the best he can be,
- someone who devoted his life for the success of his family,
- a dear friend who cares deeply, and
- a child of God who threw his life in wild abandon, following His will. Someone who allowed all of his strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures, joys and pains, to bring glory to his Heavenly Father.
We live our lives remembering. We leave our lives, and are remembered.
All my life to this point onwards…I am preparing to leave.
[Draft finished last October 13, 2012 @ 10PM: 19/F Break Room of JP Morgan Chase office, Bonifacio Global City]