On my side of the sink in our master bath, I have a bottle of cologne.
I’ve never told anyone about this before. Suzanne obviously knows it is there, but she doesn’t know why.
My Mom doesn’t even know I stole this from her.
The bottle of cologne is a bottle of Eternity by Calvin Klein.
Now I don’t love Calvin Klein products, I just buy a lot of them because it is a cheap way for me to monogram my clothing. All of my socks are Calvin Klein because of the little CK they have on them (but I digress).
Back to the cologne, and why it matters. The funny thing is I haven’t worn cologne since high school and I don’t think I have ever actually purchased a bottle of cologne. I used to wear cologne because my Grandma bought it for us as a stocking-stuffer every Christmas. So why the bottle of Eternity on my side of the sink?
Two reasons (they overlap):
1. I want Eternity to be one of the first things I think about every morning.
2. My Dad used to wear Eternity cologne, and I want to think about my Dad.
When was the last time you thought about your funeral? How many people were in attendance? Why were they there? What did the speakers say about the impact you had? Are you satisfied by the answers to the above questions? If not, what are you going to do about it?
Stephen Covey left us with one of the most penetrating pieces of wisdom. He needed only a few words: “Begin with the end in mind.”
So what does your “end” look like? What is your legacy?
Are your decisions today driven by what you want it to look like in the end?