I can see how easily one could become obsessed with obituaries. Some are better written and more interesting than others but all that make it to the “featured” half page or so in the mainstream press are of truly fascinating achievers. I have read a selection; some people that I knew something about and some people that I’d never heard of before. Of those I thought I knew something about I find that I actually knew very little. Those I’d never heard of have before had in fact contributed so much to this world that I really wish I’d lived with my eyes more open and widened my horizons.
I can’t imagine that any one of them would have wanted to change places with me to have just one more day. My guess is that they lived every day as if it were their last so when their time came they knew that they had accomplished their purpose. Now that is a finale worth living for!
A couple of sentences from Haanel’s Lesson 18 sum up the common thread in these lives:
“The ability to produce is found to be the real source of wealth of the individual. This is why people who have their heart in their work are certain to meet with unbounded success”.