"Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I've got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it to the next generation. "
As we near the finish of 2017, I am taking time to share 12 vital lessons that I have learnt: each lesson a day for twelve days.
I read a book recently that really challenged me, and its one of those that serves like a life manual and I would recommend it to everybody. Check up the review of Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance.
Augustine remarks that, asking yourself this question is the beginning of adulthood- What do I wish to be remembered for? And for me it is a question that outlines ones true purpose in life.
When I read this great book I felt so enlightened and scared at the same time. I have never thought of writing my own epitaph, who does that even? As inauthentic and daunting as it sounds, it ignites some sense of realisation. I have to confess that I haven't thought along the line of drafting my own epitaph, but I am now starting to have very crucial conversations with myself. I am at that point where I can hold a meeting with myself and figure out what it means to have an authentic life, ideally WHAT DO I WISH TO BE REMEMBERED FOR?
Therefore, as long as I can still live, I am of the opinion that I will rejoice in life for life's sake. Bernard Shaw puts it beautifully when he says, "Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I've got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it to the next generation. "