Ranger Kathryn's Arches

July 9, 2010

obituaries R us

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 6:56 am
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Ranger Kathryn at Horseshoe Canyon

Recently I had the opportunity to spend parts of two days with four girlfriends from Minnesota. It was my delight to get to know one more woman whom I had never met before, traveling with this group. As we said our goodbyes on the last day, she offered, “I hope this doesn’t sound odd, but… you are going to have one of the most interesting obituaries ever.” She smiled warmly and confessed that she was one of those people who read obituaries regularly, and she can tell a life well lived. It had become apparent to her after some time with me that there would be nothing at all boring, fomulaic or predictable about the notice of my death and the celebration of my life. I take this as a high compliment, a high compliment indeed.

What would you like to do, large or small, that you’ve never done? Write it on a sticky note. Post it conspicuously. Read it daily. Do battle with your excuses. Find a way. You will not regret this, my friend.

I’d like to hear your dreams. Leave a comment.


  1. “Do battle with your excuses.” Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from “Illusions” by Richard Bach: “Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they’re yours.”

    Comment by Pete — July 9, 2010 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

    • Wow. Absolutely true. Thanks for sharing. Today I thought about a new wording: Do battle with your RESISTANCE, dismantle your excuses, and get out there and do whatever you should do. It’s a multi-step process for me.

      Comment by kath56ryn — July 9, 2010 @ 2:41 pm | Reply

  2. excuses? resistance? methinks your next week will test your parenting-rangering-reasoning skills… you might want to call Ed for back up.take good care of my girls…

    Comment by john — July 10, 2010 @ 8:19 am | Reply

  3. . . . and the only four-letter word worth worrying about is ‘can’t’.

    Comment by leroque — July 10, 2010 @ 8:24 am | Reply

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