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Your Resume’ Virtues vs. Your Eulogy Virtues

vir•tue – /ˈvərCHo͞o/
noun

1. behavior showing high moral standards
2. (in traditional Christian angelology) the seventh highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy

Last weekend, my family celebrated with the inaugural class of East Carolina University’s Dental School.

May I gratefully introduce Dr. Kyle Lewis Given, DMD! (Kyle is our 3rd son)

At the Commencement ceremonies, Thomas W. Ross, President of the 17-campus University of North Carolina spoke briefly, but shared what I believe is a valuable thought and practice.

His simple principle was…….”We can choose to live resume virtues or eulogy virtues”.

Resume Virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. They describe the things you have done.

Eulogy virtues describe the way you live your life. They define the way you will be remembered.

So……….it begs me to question:

Do I live my life to be successful or useful?

Will I live a life that’s full of personal achievement, or one that others will describe as significant?

How about YOU?

I hope we’re both doing it……….living Eulogy Virtues.

Whether we realize it or not, we make a choice every day through our thoughts and by our actions.

We may never be what the world describes as rich, but join with me and focus on significance.

The world will be better for it and think of the resume we’ll take with us to the next life!

Smiles, have a GREAT week and Keep on Seeking……………….Mark

P.S. I may be stepping on sensitive ground by bringing up “Deflategate”, but I wonder how you would categorize the new findings related to Tom Brady and what’s being described as the “Patriot Way”?

P.S.S. You might never hear me say it, but my priority statement is “to bring out the best in you and to share ideas and systems that enrich your life”. (Some would call it their personal mission statement)

Kyle Graduation 5.2015

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