: the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose
Living with intention insures that your life reflects your deepest desires and values. Instead of reacting to life coming at you, get out front and identify, prioritize and live on purpose. Part of a life of intention is being responsible – for your actions, choices and future. Planning for your future means leaving a legacy and preparing yourself and your family for the inevitable end of life experiences.
Do you have a blended family and worry how they’ll get along and share the estate you’ve worked so hard to build? Start today to consider your wishes, build a plan and then have end of life conversations with your family. Your plans should go beyond simply a will and medical directive. Ponder the type of service you desire, the ways you can demonstrate your love before you die, and how you can work now to insure unity within the family. Remember to consider fair vs. equal, and that “if you don’t write it down, it didn’t happen.”
You don’t want to suffer or burden your family with unnecessary pain when you die, but how can it be avoided? End of life decision making now will help. While the grief is inevitable, the confusion and conflict that often arises when you die can be lessened by making plans and having end of life conversations now. You can make most of the decisions and choices now – with input from your family – on end of life medical care, type and location of the funeral and burial and even more importantly, how you want to be remembered.
When you retire or die, you want to know that the career or company you’ve built will live on. Will you leave a leadership legacy? And, how can you insure it? It’s more than the disposition of assets or stock transfers. Hopefully, you will have many years between retirement and death so begin now to contemplate and plan how you will share your wisdom and wealth. Part of successful aging is being active and giving back. Don’t let your years of life and professional experience go to waste.
Celebrating Age is a choice we can make. This graphic illustrates the key points of Ann’s TEDxSMU Talk where she shared how: be present, be grateful and don’t be afraid. Adding years to your life is inevitable, but how you age is a choice.