By Gerry Murray. 16-08-2020
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“One man asked another on the death of a mutual friend, “How much did he leave?” His friend responded, “He left it all.” ~ Stephen Covey
Friday, I attended a funeral in Germany. I did not know the lady. She was the mother of a close friend of my wife. We went to show our support for her and her family. It was also the first time that I attended a cremation funeral. What I’ve noticed over the years is that funerals can vary a lot.
In some cultures, such as in Ireland where I grew up, attending funerals is something of a social obligation, particularly in rural Ireland. In other cultures I’ve noticed that it can be quite a private and sombre affair.
Sad as death is, in Ireland we tend to view a funeral as a celebration of a person’s life. From my limited knowledge of German, my understanding was that from what was said in the eulogy Friday this was also the case. This lady was not famous but it seemed that she made a positive difference in other people’s lives with her own unique talents.
It’s an encouraging frame with which to view not just death but each day of our lives - how do we make a positive difference in other people’s lives today.
Stephen Covey studied all the self-improvement literature of the 20th century. He condensed this down to a set of principles and then wrote his definitive book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”. He later wrote a sequel called “The 8th Habit”.
When he died in 2012 after a biking accident I came across the following quote:
Leave this world better than it was when you got here.
My wish is that we'll all accomplish our own unique “mission" before we leave this earth.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson go on a camping trip. After a good dinner and a bottle of wine, they retire for the night, and go to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend. "Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see." "I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes" replies Watson. "And what do you deduce from that?" Watson ponders for a minute. "Well, Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful, and that we are a small and insignificant part of the universe." But what does it tell you, Holmes?" Holmes is silent for a moment. "Watson, you idiot!" he says. "Someone has stolen our tent!"