"If any of you are around when I have to meet my day..."
"What do you want your legacy to be?"
Nothing like starting your week (after a long weekend, I might add!) with an easy question! Who doesn't love contemplating their inevitable demise in the context of recognizing your personal ambition...?
ANYWAYS, the question was posed after reading an excerpt from His Own Eulogy, Martin Luther King Jr's final sermon:
If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don't want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy tell him not to talk too long. Every now and then I wonder what I want him to say.
Tell him not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize--that isn't important. Tell not to mention that have 300 or 400 other awards--that's not important. Tell him not to mention where I went to school.
I'd like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I'd like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody.
I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe the naked. I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. And I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.
And so, what would you like your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered?