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Millions Attend Pope's Funeral... How Many Will Attend Yours?

Posted April 10, 2005, 10:47 PM | Ideas For Life | Comments (0)

Millions of people, including about 200 world leaders, travelled to Rome this past week to pay their respects to Pope John Paul II. Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, it was an awesome sight.

I think when people are deciding whether or not to attend a funeral, they do it based upon a combination of who the person was, what they stood for, who they left behind and, most importantly, what kind of emotional connection they had with the deceased.

I believe those elements drove millions to attend the Pope's funeral and will determine how many people attend yours and mine.

If it were held today, how many people do you think would attend your funeral? Would it be dozens? Hundreds? Thousands? Would it include more than your family? Would people fly in from around the world?

I sure hope you understand that getting a lot of people to attend your funeral isn't the goal. The goal is thinking about what you'd have to become as a person and how many lives you'd have to positively influence in order to earn that large showing of respect.

All of us want our lives to have meaning and purpose. But wanting something and actually doing something about it are different things altogether.

It reminds me of a quote from Richard Bach's book Illusions...

"Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't."


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