I was approaching one of those birthdays that end in a “zero” when a colleague recommended Codi Shewan’s book, Everyday Legacy: Lessons for Living with Purpose, Right Now. Perfect timing as I am past the halfway marker on the road in life, and there is something about those mile-marker birthdays that make you more reflective.
Shewan spent 20 years as a funeral director, so you would think he would know a lot about dying, yet his message is about living each day with intentionality. Frankly, it is not a novel idea. I first remember hearing about writing your obituary in Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. However, it is the stories from within this book that made me think deeper about my relationships and how we can influence and impact those around us.
I was thinking this would be a quick read (160 pages), but I kept putting the book down, pondering the possibilities, and then talking about it with my husband. It’s inspirational and has influenced my thinking about my personal everyday legacy.
KRISTIN ARNOLD, MBA, CPF | Master, CSP is a high-stakes meeting facilitator and professional panel moderator. She’s been facilitating teams of executives and managers in making better decisions and achieving greater results for over 27 years. She is the author of the award-winning book, Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve and Inspire Audiences to Action. Her latest book, 123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion was published in January 2021.