The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why. Mark Twain
Reflecting on these words, I think for most of us for much of our lives, we are just too busy living to think about why and what is our life purpose? For me, these contemplations only took hold when I was writing my book Growing Older Living Younger.
They were prompted by the turbulent events that rocked my world of ‘having it all’. First came the death of my husband, and of my mother a year later, and then retiring from a 25 year professional career. At the same, as I describe in episode 24 of the Growing Older Living Younger podcast, I transitioned from a family-filled home to a solo household and had to re-establish networks of connections in several spheres of my life.
The wakeup call of having to rehabilitate from spinal stenosis and spinal surgery and change the unhealthy trajectory of my aging, led me to look for answers to the question posed by my inspirational guest.
Rabbi Daniel Cohen, is the author of What Will They Say About You When You Are Gone? Creating a Life of Legacy and co-host, with Reverend Greg Doll, of the nationally syndicated Radio Show, The Rabbi and the Reverend.
In conversation with Rabbi Cohen my attention was caught by his reference to Elijah moments. He said ‘ when I think about the Elijah moment, it means we may not be able to change the world, but each and every one of us can change the world of one person.’ My youngest grandchild, is named Elijah and fittingly he has brought a new light into my life and changed my world.
In the book, Rabbi Cohen lays out 7 Principles by which one can realize one’s life purpose at any age and suggests tools that will help in this quest. But as he points out, it all starts with asking ourselves, how we would want to be remembered when we are gone? The opening exercise in his book helped me begin to work though that question.
You can learn more about Rabbi Cohen’s Elijah Moments or his book, What Will They Say About You When You Are Gone? Creating a Life of Legacy, at his website: www.rabbidanielcohen.com
Listen to our conversation HERE.