How’s your week been? A couple days ago, Gene Wilder passed away at age 83. I remember seeing him in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (and I didn’t figure out until years later that the title of Roald Dahl’s book based on that show and the actual show didn’t match up).
Regardless, I loved both the movie and the book (and I should make it the subject of another post to talk about the business, marketing, and fiction lessons I got out of it, eventually).
But I wanted to talk about something else today. Mr. Wilder was a great actor, and he does live on in his movies, but for him, right now, there’s no more laughing, crying, talking, none of it.
That’s put things in perspective for me, because of what I’ve been up to–stuff like mowing the lawn, writing, doing dishes, and what-have-ya. Being able to do the everyday type things, every day of the life I have left means a lot, when I stop to think about it.
I may live in a bit of a turbulent time, for sure, but I have opportunities that many, many people on earth do not have.
I think that on a deep level, being able to make an impact, and/or matter to someone in life, is all people really want. To know that the world was a little better because they were a part of it, just for a while. And I think Gene Wilder accomplished that in his own unique way.
And it’s something I hope to accomplish too–even if it’s one to two steps at a time in the right direction. Maybe it’s making someone laugh because they read something I wrote, or helping someone reach more clients–we’ll see.
Today is the last day of August 2016. Tomorrow is September 1st. If I don’t see you then, I should be able to pop in for Triple F on Friday. Be sure to stop by then for a new prompt.
Until next time (and month),