In my inbox this morning came another NYTimes article about writing a “living eulogy” as part of a 7 day Happiness Challenge. The author, Jancee Dunn, offers this challenge today:
For today’s exercise, we’re going to get vulnerable and tell an important person in our lives how we feel about them. “Think about what they have done for you in your life,” said Dr. Bob Waldinger, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the author of the new book “The Good Life.” “Where, or who, would you be without them?”
Consider what you would thank this person for if you thought you would never see them again. Take a few minutes and write down what you would tell them, with as many specific examples as possible. Don’t overthink it: It can be both dashed off and straight from the heart. Think of it as a eulogy for the living.
Then send it — by email, text, handwritten note, whatever. The medium doesn’t matter; sending it does.
Not that I am in any position to give the folks at the NYTimes advice BUT one note I might humbly offer--you can record your thoughts, with my help, and send the final product in an audio card all for the mere price of $50. That is less than you will pay for a NYTimes subscription. Just sayin'.
Whether you write it or record it, you have options. And, if you need some prompts to get you started, take a look at the questions I use in the audio card interviews:
And lest you think I get all of my news from the NYTimes, it is time for me to get back to my Instagram scrolling for less news and more pictures.
P.S. Just realizing now that the the name of the file I attached is 'Gift questions 2022'. Not to worry--they work just as well for 2023.