Will Anyone Attend Your Funeral?

Friday, January 29th, 2016 — Approx. 7:45 A.M.

When is the last time you thought about your funeral?

If you are like most people, it has probably been a while. Maybe you have never thought about it before. After all, it’s not exactly a fun topic to consider.

Take a moment to think about it though. Who would you want to be there? What would you want them to say? Be it a friend, a parent, a sibling, a spouse or significant other, what do you want recognized about yourself?

Now imagine if none of them came.

Maybe you got busy at work and neglected those relationships. Maybe you got too absorbed in your own interest and pushed them away, becoming self-centered and selfish. Maybe you just became bitter over your own lot in life and forced them to cut you out for their own good.

First off, that would pretty much suck. Second, it happens more often than you think, and it could happen to any one of us.

Today’s world encourages us to push harder for personal achievement. We are encouraged to look out for ourselves and seek instant gratification for our every whim, no matter the cost.

That kind of ‘me first’ mindset can destroy our closest relationships. At a minimum it tarnishes them and makes people not want to be around us.

Obviously the funeral thing is just a thought exercise, and that situation would be pretty extreme. But are you doing things that could encourage loved ones to cut you out? Do you become self-centered and ignore other’s needs just to satisfy your own? Are you taking care of the things that really matter in your life?

Your bank account will not attend your funeral. Your car will not attend your funeral. Neither will your hobbies, your pride or your ‘me-first’ attitude. None of those things really matter in the long run.

So where are your priorities? I am constantly trying to make sure my priorities are in the right place here. I don’t want to push people away just because I have work to do or because I’m thinking about my own interests. I have a terrible tendency to be inattentive to people and allow my mind to be preoccupied with self-centered thoughts. If our priorities are out of place, we lose the one thing that really matters in our life — our relationships.

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