Sooooo, as you know I've been doing A LOT of family history work. Right now my mom and I are on a mission to clean up the records on my dad's side of the family. We've never really had to do a lot on that side. Pioneers. Lots of people working on those lines over the years. We've been putting the histories and pictures of people that we have onto Family Search and its been fascinating!
As a result I've been reading a lot of biographies and obituaries.
A granddaughter wrote this of her grandmother, Elizabeth Mathews Campbell and an obituary of Elizabeth's granddaughter in law follows it,
Through my memory peers the face of a woman which portrays that character of which type is of most use to mankind. To me it is a face which beams with devotion, portraying that most noble character, "Mother." It is a face, perhaps a little tired of its hard struggles; a face full of thankfulness for her all, and which shows a willingness to give, to serve, and do all in her power for the benefit of mankind. It is the face of my Grandmother, my ideal woman, and no living should could help but love and cherish her. Although this noble character has not been placed into a worldly history, she will never be forgotten by those who knew her and who were fortunate to enjoy her presence.
Lucille ...(98) passed peacefully on ..., She married her lifelong sweetheart, ....in the Logan LDS Temple. They spent 75 wonderful years together until Theron's passing....
Lucille enjoyed her life very much. She loved her friends and loved the association she had with them. She loved her beautiful gardens especially her roses. Her vegetable garden was amazing and always plentiful. The fruit room proudly displayed all of her frugally preserved produce. She loved to work with her hands whether it be in her gardens, knitting, quilting or crocheting. She was a lifelong avid reader and particularly enjoyed biographies and historical fiction. As a child, in her fathers orchard, she would climb a favorite apple tree to read. She and her husband traveled to Europe and Canada visiting children.
She was educated in Cache Valley schools graduating from South Cache High School in... and graduated from the USU LDS Institute later in life.
She was a charter member of the Modern Mothers Club of ...., a captain of the Elizabeth Mathews Campbell camp of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, and a member of the Women's Literary Club. She was a devout member of the LDS church fulfilling many callings through the years--Gospel Doctrine teacher for 11 years, Relief Society President, and a Temple worker.
A little voice as been playing over and over in my head. How do you want to be remembered? When they write your obituary what are they going to say? Is that what you want said? These motivational quotes are going over in my mind:
"Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow?"And my favorite (for today):
"Whatever you do, do it well."
"The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."
"Do something today that your future self will thank you for."
"If you change nothing, nothing will change."So my question to myself is if nothing changed in my life would I be where I want to be at the end of it? Would my obituary say what I want it to say? Or do I have to change some things? I took some time to write down what was really important to me, mainly character and skills(talents), and I was surprised with some realizations I had.
I invite you to make sure you are being intentional with your life. Are creating yourself into the person you are supposed to be?
Journey on my friends.