Tommy Hilcken

By Tommy Hilcken, Motivational Humorist & President of the New Jersey Chapter of The National Speakers Association

It’s been a challenging couple of weeks for me spiritually. I have attended 2 funerals in 2 weeks for people I felt were 2 young to die.

As I sat and listened to the sermons and the praises for these people…I leaned over and said to my friend…What would you like it to say on your tombstone? I meant it…what would you like people to say?

It was there, I realized the secret is to decide what you want it to say and start thinking and behaving with that outcome in mind.

One day we will be called to give an account for our life. Your family and friends will do their best to provide the kind of funeral service to best commemorate your life.

If you could choose what you would want on your tombstone, what would you have inscribed there? Would you want it to be some significant word or phrase that best describes the life you have lived? “He/She was the kindest, most helpful, selfless, loving person I ever met.”

Or would you want something rather insignificant like, “Gone but not forgotten” or “Rest in peace”?

The choice is yours. Choose to be significant.

Tommy Hilcken
Motivational Humorist
President of the New Jersey Chapter of The National Speakers Association

SPECIAL NOTE:  After Tommy gave me permission to post this contribution to the LIES That Limit blog, his father passed away on Saturday, March 31st.   Please join me in sending Tommy and his family our condolences and a wish that he only remember the love he shared with his father and all who have recently made their transition.

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