Memorial Day is merely the beginning of summer for some but to others it is a day to remember those who have passed from this life. May I suggest that you consider a new approach to Memorial Day that carries significance into the next several generations.
A friend has been encouraging me to come up with a 200-year plan for my life. Sounds crazy, I know. Tell me more I said to my friend. He said, “your plan begins by looking as far back as you can remember in your own lifetime”. Put together a list of significant people who have impacted your life and the memorial stones they have planted. So that took me back over 60 plus years leaving me only 140 years to project for my 200-year plan which makes this easier.
In memorials, people impact people’s lives. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr in 1884 on Memorial Day said this “Our dead brothers still live for us, and bid us think of life, not death — of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and joy of the spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil our trumpets sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will.”
I love what he says about life and joy begins again and those sounds transporting hope, daring and will to the next generation. What a powerful thought!
So, as I think about my 200-year plan, I realize how blessed I have been to be living in a free society. How we must honor those who have impacted our lives by bringing their stories forward. By being thankful to an Almighty God that has gifted and blessed me beyond measure. That what I do today does make a difference for tomorrow.
Take some time to remember those who have impacted your life and thank God for the gift of remembrance and the opportunity to leave a legacy.
TRAVIS JONES CEO
Travis has been an entrepreneur and business owner in Tulsa for over 30 years. He is a certified Life Options Retirement Coach and is certified to facilitate and deliver the Manager As Coach Learning Series (MACLS) through CPI, and a certified Career Coach. He previously served on the board of Career Partners International (CPI) and is an equity partner in CPI, offering a global reach with over 350 offices.