Your Daily Positive Vibes
This is a picture of me typing out my funeral plans. No, seriously. Here me out…
Yesterday I had the honor of serving as an usher at the funeral for my F3 brother Mark Smith. His F3 name was Wilson, as in the ball from the movie Castaway. It’s because he flew those big cargo jets in the US Air Force.
There’s just something about a military funeral that hits you in the heart harder than civilian funerals. The gun salute, the playing of taps, the folding of the flag and handing it to the family, half the crowd in uniform and saluting and in this case, a fly over from what I think was a C-17 (what do I know?) All of it to remember a really great guy I got to know during F3 bootcamps, a man who cared deeply for his nation and his local community.
While ushering with me, Eddie Crosby (F3 Cousin) asked “have you planned your funeral?” He went on to say that handling the details myself would take a lot of stress off my family and give them the time they need to mourn.
His question and statement hit me like a ton of bricks. At first I thought to myself “I have plenty of time to do that.” Then I thought “well, if I get sick I still have time.” Then I finally thought “well shit, what if there is an accident?”
Last night I couldn’t shake Cousin’s question so I started jotting down some notes. Yes, I want to save my family stress, but even more so this activity helps me face the inevitable and that makes me think about how short life is and how I want to maximize every day… how I want to build my life resume (tomorrow’s topic).
It all goes back to the post I published last week about my step-father, Robert. You might not live into your eighties or nineties. You may not have thirty or forty years left to “get around to it.” You might go out for a run and get hit by a car tomorrow. Do you really want to waste that time sitting on a couch?
I’m accepting that I’m going to die and that date could come sooner than I would like. That might be dark but it’s just like training for an event or studying for a test. That event is coming so I better get up early and train. That test is coming so you better study today. There might not be time to just cram it all in.
In planning my funeral I accept the inevitable which forces me to look at today differently. It forces me to act – to build my relationship with God and to hustle to grow my companies and build wealth so that I can experience all that I can with my family.
These posts aren’t supposed to necessarily spread cheer. It’s a discussion on how we can live more awesome lives full of positivity. I truly believe in this case that facing and accepting the negative builds a life of positivity! That’s my game plan.
I hope you all have a week full of Positive Vibes. I also hope you will take 30 seconds out of your day today to pray for the Smith family. Wilson was a great dude taken way too early from his loving family.