The End of the World as We Know It – Really?

Will the world end tomorrow?  If you haven’t heard, “judgment day” is May 21, 2011. Harold Camping, an 89-year-old California multimillionaire who runs one of the largest Christian radio networks in the world, believes the world will end at 6:00 p.m. with a massive earthquake. Did R.E.M. know something when they wrote their song “It’s the End of the World as We Know It?”

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According to the Huffington Post article, Harold Camping: The Man Behind ‘Judgment Day,’ May 21, 2011, in the last week, variations of “End of the World May 21st” and “Harold Camping” have remained among the top search terms on Google. On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control released a mock guide to the “Zombie Apocalypse” on its web site that quickly went viral.

While we can allow ourselves to get caught up in such silliness, (sorry to anyone who actually thinks the world will end this way – but it is silly), when I hear of such proclamations, it does make me pause to consider the “what if” and have I lived my life in such a way that has made a difference.

Do I live my life with purpose, passion and values? How do I want to be remembered? Have you ever written your own obituary? When I was in college, one of my professor’s had us write our obituaries. Granted, this was used as a writing exercise, but I have remembered how powerful it was to write down the things that I hoped would be a part of my legacy.

So while we can ponder if the world will really end tomorrow, I challenge you to think about how you are living your life, and if the world were to end for you, have you really lived your life’s purpose?

Answer these questions –

If you could have anything you wanted in life, what would that be?

What could you do to improve the quality of your life?

What could you change to improve the quality of your life?

What are your strengths, talents and gifts?

What is your purpose in life?

You exist for a purpose. What will your obituary say? Write yours today – and if you don’t like what you see, you still have time to change it. The world is not ending tomorrow, but there is one thing we all know, it will end for all of us at some time.

I invite you to share your purpose or obituary in the comments.

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