The key to our internal plea of please remember us this way, is in our daily actions.
For a memory of a person, I believe, will hinge on how you treated those around you.
This reminds me of the book Living Forward where Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy encourage readers to write their own obituary.
You work backward to develop a plan.
How you want to be remembered by your family should determine how you act at home. And how you want to be remembered by your coworkers should guide your daily actions at work. Etc.
I remember the patience of my grandfather like it was yesterday. And, if I am honest, I do not recall ever making that man mad.
Understand: What you do matters, and it matters forever.
I used to think we’d be known for whom we hung around, the groups or social issues we identified with, or the faith tradition we were familiar with. Now I think while we might be known for our opinions, we’ll be remembered for our love.
-Bob Goff, Everybody Always