The passing of former Test Cricketer Max Walker this week has left some people thinking…
For me, hearing the sad news, and having only briefly met Max in April this year, I was saddened.
I grew up listening to test cricket and watching test cricket and seeing Max Walker there.
I followed his cricket career, and his post cricket career where he was a commentator of cricket, and was pleased to see that he made a very successful transition to the speaking circuit, where he shone.
Max’s passing reminded me of this:
None of us are getting out of here alive.
And if that’s the case, what do you want to be remembered for?
In most cases, our infamy disappears with us.
For most of us, nearly all of us, our legacy following our death diminishes greatly.
Once the lid slams shut on your coffin and the velvet curtain draws closed, those left in the audience head off to devour cake and scones.
Some of those present will be so lucky as to trawl through your belongings, deciding what to keep and what to toss…
I marvel at the number of new patients I see in dentistry who either cannot or choose not to remember the name of their previous dentist.
I think it’s more the former.
This is the name of someone who they trusted…and yet, they cannot recall their dentist’s name?
This is someone who they were happy to write a cheque to?
Someone whose name appeared on their credit card statement….
In these instances, still alive and yet conveniently forgotten…
So, how do we become revered and remembered after we move on to the next life?
I was visiting a local community Facebook page recently where members of the group were vividly recalling their horror Dental stories with distinct clarity…
Stories upon stories…. and with each story nobody forgot the names of the poor old dentists in these instances…
Although Max Walker was the third of three fast bowlers in the Australian cricket team, playing second fiddle to the great Dennis Lillee and the great Jeff Thomson, he was never ever, the “other guy”.
I believe though, that Max is, and will be remembered, probably more because of his accomplishments post-test cricket, than because he took 6 for 15 in 1973 to prevent Pakistan from winning a cricket test.
When it comes to your eulogy, and beyond, and before for that matter, what do you want to be remembered for?
What sort of legacy do you want to be known for?
For most of us, our story will disappear with us, if it hasn’t disappeared before our passing…
For some of us, our story disappears before we pass, and before we even retire..
Are you a Neville Nobody?
Don’t just park yourself in one place of ignominity.
Make yourself memorable.
For the right reasons…
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