Several years ago, my father stood with head bowed at a graveside funeral service. As the minister spoke, Dad began reading tombstones immediately nearby.
One caught his eye. Just below the birth and death dates were three words: “He grew peaches.”
What a revelation, he thought. A man’s entire career summed up in one single phrase. Dad said it made him think about how many notable people get remembered for one thing only.
What comes to mind when you think of the names Alexander Graham Bell, or George Washington, or Neil Armstrong? If you thought of the phrases “invented the telephone” and “first President” and “first man on the moon,” we shared the same thoughts.
Ever since I heard Dad’s story, I’ve tried to find a unique quality about each person I meet. What makes that person better, or different, or special, or one-of-a-kind?
What do you want people to remember you for? Maybe you and I didn’t invent the telephone, but each of us – in our own special way – can make life a little better for those around us.
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Rix Quinn is a former magazine publisher who works as an independent biographer and broadcaster.