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What Do You Want On Your Tombstone?

The shootings at Virginia Tech really got my attention. It reminded me once more how short life is and how quickly we can slip away into eternity. At least once a month on my radio show Dawson McAllister Live, I receive a call from a friend of someone who has passed away in the last 48 hours. If you are dealing with the death of a loved one right now, I have written another blog just for you.

Those are always difficult calls, but worth taking because it forces my audience and me to think about what really matters. This all brings me to my point. I asked myself the other day, Dawson, what would you want written on your tombstone? That’s a powerful question because it forces me to think about what my life is all about.

Think about what really matters

There have been some very interesting epitaphs written on tombstones over the years. Some of the more humorous ones come out of the Old West. One from Silver City, Nevada says, Here lies a man named Zeke, second fastest draw in Cripple Creek.Another from Colorado goes like this: He got a fishbone in his throat and then he sang an angel note.Still another from Culver City reads, He called Bill Smith a liar.Another famous, humorous quote on a tombstone goes like this: I told you I was sick.There was another quote from a famous movie star from the past. Her name was Betty Davis. She is buried in Forrest Lawn in Hollywood Hills, California. Her tombstone simply says, She did it the hard way.

Her tombstone simply says, She did it the hard way.

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So what do I want written on my tombstone? I’ve thought about it a lot. I want to be known as a man who had a deep relationship with God and did his best to help those he loved the most. So here goes:

He loved God and served teenagers.

And so now I ask you, “What do you want on your tombstone?” Let me hear from you.

Have a great week,

Dawson McAllister Dawson McAllister (born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania) is an American speaker, radio host, and author. He is the founder of Dawson McAllister Association and TheHopeLine and host of the national radio program Dawson McAllister Live, which is aired on Sunday nights. Dawson has been speaking to and in support of teenagers and young adults for over 40 years.
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