Whenever someone passes, people begin sharing stories about the person—funny and touching anecdotes that offer a glimpse into the person’s character. This stroll down memory lane offers solace while helping us to honor the memory of the deceased. I remember my cheeks hurting from laughing so hard listening to the stories at my grandfather’s funeral. It made the mourning process easier to know that he truly lived a life full of humor and generosity, and it gave me insight into where my stubborn streak came from.
While many people go through live aspiring to have an abundance of material items, others live their lives inspiring others to be better, do more and impact the world around them. The best gauge of the quality of your life is seen in the lives of those you’ve impacted or inspired. The spirit of your life lives on in the actions of the people whose lives are better because you lived. That’s why I love this quote—it cuts through the b.s. to focus on what’s really important.