Here in the States, we are about to head into Memorial Day weekend. Unofficially, it is the beginning of the summer season, replete with backyard barbecues, trips to the beach, fireworks, boating, swimming – the usual summer fun.
Officially, it is also the time to honor American soldiers who have died in service to their country and to remember loved ones who have passed on. Parades are marched, flags are placed at national cemetaries, family graves are visited.
Memorial Day is schizophrenic. On the one hand it honors life, particularly the unfettered, free-wheeling side of life known as summer vacation. On the other hand it honors death, the ultimate freedom.
You’re a star. You always have been, and you always will be. Remember and celebrate that.
And you aren’t immortal. One day, it will be your turn to die. And you will be remembered and celebrated – or not.
What do you want to be remembered for? Which life do you want to be celebrated? The life you spent on the sidelines, playing it safe or the life you lived full tilt, making a difference?
Which way are you turning the dimmer switch on your genius light? Down to a barely perceptible glow or all the way up to full shine?
The choice is yours.
Make it a good one.