What will your obituary say? Odds are very high you probably won’t be around to see it. I was wondering about that a couple of days ago. Would I be considered a good father, a good son, and a good husband? Would I be considered a Christian, a good peer, a good manager, or a good business partner?
As a self-avowed Workaholic, mine might look like this:
Christopher Neil Daily
Christopher Neil Daily, 49, died on died on Friday, April 1, 2011, in Franklin, IN. He was a resident of Franklin.
Chris was married to Tina Marie Russell on October 4, 1986. They had three children: two sons, David Harris of Franklin and Alex Daily of Franklin; and one daughter, Amelia Daily of Bloomington; one dog, Benji of Franklin.
Chris was born June 14, 1961 in Indianapolis, IN to Thomas and Catherine (Faker) Daily. Both survive.
Chris was a 1979 graduate of Whiteland Community High School, where he earned two lettered two years in football. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, and attended Boys State. After high school, Chris graduated from Ball State University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Chris also graduated from University of Indianapolis in 1988 with Master’s in Business Administration.
Chris’s professional interests were in software development, working at Ambassador Solutions (fka Ambassador Solutions), National City Bank (fka Merchants National Bank), Fidelity Financial (fka Alltel Corporation fka Mynd Corporation fka Cybertek). Chris spent most of his career trying to survive acquisitions, and traveling internationally while with Experian.
Friends and family may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Jessen Funeral Home, Whiteland Chapel, 729 U.S. 31 North.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Workaholics Anonymous in care of 5/3 Bank, 1160 N. Main St., Franklin, IN 46131.
Viewing hours will be April 5, 2011 from 5-8PM. Funeral services on April 6, 2011 starting at 10 AM at Friendship Church,463 Worthville Road, Greenwood, IN 46143.
No where in my obituary, does it say anything about what type of person I am. Maybe, it’s because there is nothing good to say (I hope this isn’t true.) How did my wife feel about me? Is she going to miss me or happy for the life insurance check? What stories, if any, will my grandchildren be told about their grandfather? Will they remember me or will I be a distant memory who was at work all the time?
I wrote this post as a result of my wondering mind thinking about my legacy. I have to admit it is a strange feeling to write your obituary.
I struggle with maintaining the work/life balance. What about you? How will people remember you? It doesn’t matter how many people show up at your funeral or how much money you have when you pass away. An appropriate quote is “I have never seen a casket with a trailer hitch.” What matters is what impact did you have on the people around you. Don’t wait till tomorrow. You never know when today will be the last day of your life.
Thanks for coming in today.