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Write Your Own Eulogy…


Photo courtesy of the internet. NHYM 2015. 

As always, it has been a hectic and busy time of year with Christmas do’s and end of year events, which is why it has been radio silence from my end! London, as much as it is a beautiful and vibrant city, becomes a mad rush of adrenaline, lists and things-to-do-before-you-go-away-to: Mauritius/Gstaad/Lech/Maldives/Thailand/Courchevel/Cotswolds etc… www. www.

But the end of the year is also a time to reflect on the past year, and to reflect on your future. I was catching up with a very dear friend the other day, and he told me about a Leadership course he had been on, which gave him the task of writing his own eulogy. It sounds very psychobabbly and slightly morose and scary, but it turned out to be a very cathartic and useful exercise, which is why I wanted to share this with you.

The point of writing your own eulogy is to take stock of your life, where it is today and where you would like it to be. It is a very simple way of looking at your life and seeing what things are working and what things aren’t. It also forces you to make sure that you are heading it in the right direction. For example, Christmas and New Year’s is always a time to look at that bad relationship you are in (partners or friendships), and forcing it to end, because somewhere deep down you know it’s not working and to open up to new ones. (Look out for D-day coming up in 2016 ). It also forces you to take a different perspective and try to see how people perceive you and what you can do to change that perspective, if it isn’t one you like very much.

So, as we near 2016 and say goodbye to -in my mind- a difficult year, try to sit down and write your eulogy and see what comes out of it. There is always room for improvement. Already, it makes me want to be a better person to myself and to others.

Happy Christmas and Happy New Year 2016!!






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