Only Remembered by What YOU Have Done..!

Only remembered, only remembered,
Only remembered by what we have done;
Thus would we pass from the earth and its toiling,
Only remembered by what we have done.

A friend of mine lost his father sometime back and asked me to write the obituary and place it in the local newspaper. When I looked in the newspaper the next day I realized what I thought were unique words which I thought had made the notice a work of art, were more or less the same words all the others had written about those who had died.
It seemed very few were remembered for anything uniquely different!
A big construction company recently hired several cannibals.
“You are all part of our team now”, said the HR manager during the welcoming briefing. “You will get all the usual benefits and you can go to the canteen for something to eat, but please don’t eat any of the other employees”.
The cannibals promised they would not.
Four weeks later their boss remarked, “You’re all working very hard, and I’m satisfied with you. However, one of our Technical Assistant’s has disappeared. Do any of you know what happened to him?”
The cannibals all shook their heads indicating “no”.
After the boss had left, the leader of the cannibals said to the others, “Which one of you idiots ate the Technical Assistant?”
A hand rose hesitantly, to which the leader of the cannibals continued, “You fool!! For four weeks we’ve been eating Managers and Supervisors and no one noticed anything, but now, you had to go and eat someone who actually works!!!!”
What about you? Will you be missed when you are gone? And to those who ponder may I bring a song my mother used to sing, “Only Remembered by What We Have Done?”

Shall we be missed though by others succeeded,
Reaping the fields we in springtime have sown?
No, for the sowers may pass from their labors,
Only remembered by what they have done.

Only remembered, only remembered,
Only remembered by what we have done;
Thus would we pass from the earth and its toiling,
Only remembered by what we have done.

Only the truth that in life we have spoken,
Only the seed that on earth we have sown;
These shall pass onward when we are forgotten,
Fruits of the harvest and what we have done.

Think deeply; is what you are doing now, going to be remembered as lovely fruit of the harvest? Or will you be forgotten, for the little or nothing you did? It’s not the money you make, the car you drive or the houses you own, but what YOU will be remembered for are for the things you have done..!




11 thoughts on “Only Remembered by What YOU Have Done..!”

  1. Another very lovely hymn which we should remember is Where will you spend Eternity. Our life after death is determined by our deeds

  2. Sometimes, we remember a person for what he did not do; as much as we remember him for what he did.
    Dr Kalam , known as the “missile man of India” is remembered for not acquiring any material possessions. At the time of his death, he did not possess any property, a car, a TV , an AC or a fridge. His possessions included only 2500 books, a wrist watch , six shirts, four trousers ( a few being his DRDO uniform) three suits and a pair is shoes.

      1. HR Management experts say”Bad news always travels faster than good news”
        It is because if any good is talked about a person, people will will raise questions and spend a lot of time confirming it. But if any bad thing is attributed to a person, people will believe it without a second thought. It is human psychology.

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