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“What are you known for?”

“What are you known for?” the hospital chaplain asked my mother during a hospital stay. The chaplain had stopped in to provide some support and comfort. Asking this question was a quick and effective way to get to know enough about her in order to offer appropriate compassion and prayer.

As she answered the question, I reflected on how my answer about her was similar and different than her own. It was enlightening. And it gave me pause to consider what I’m known for and whether that’s consistent with the impression and impact I want to have on others.

How about you?

What are you known for?

Is it an aspect of your personality (kindness, generosity, humor), a talent (artist, musician, story-teller, lover), an accomplishment (Woman of the Year, Distinguished Citizen), excellence in your work life? Is it the quality of time spent with family and friends (best piggy-back rides, favorite uncle, chicken dinners and cream pies)?

Would your family and friends – the people who mean the most to you – agree?

Are you satisfied with the answer?

We usually associate the purpose of our money first with objects (food, clothing, shelter, transportation, etc.), then with experiences. We don’t always consider whether our use of money is creating the balance we desire between objects and experiences.

Take a few moments to consider…

What do you want to be known for?

What, if anything, needs to change to make that happen?

Align your use of your time, talents, and money to create your “known for” life – your rich legacy – your extraordinary impact on the people who mean the most to you.

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