I’m as shocked as you are about the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.  I’m more than shocked actually, I’m dumb struck. Whatever I’ve been thinking and feeling about the passing of my mother not making sense, Kobe’s sudden loss of life makes even less so.

L.A. Times reporter, Bill Plaschke, covered Kobe Bryant entire sports career.  He shared his thoughts — and emotions on Sunday. “Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people who died in a helicopter crash Sunday in Calabasas and how does that happen? Kobe is stronger than any helicopter. He didn’t even need a helicopter. For 20 years he flew into greatness while carrying a breathless city with him…I’m screaming now, still shaking, still not believing. Kobe Bryant is gone.”


I think that’s a good word for how we all feel I think. You would think that by now I would have realized that often life doesn’t make sense but somehow life being senseless doesn’t make it any less upsetting when it doesn’t.

Does that mean, however, that we shouldn’t try to make some sense out of it? Shouldn’t we attempt to learn something that will help us to live life going forward with more meaning and intentionality since we still have the gift of breath.

I’m heartbroken for Kobe’s wife, Vanessa, and their girls.  I can’t imagine the pain they must be feeling. But if there is an silver lining to be found in this situation, they can take solace in the coming days, months, and years in this.  That man lived well.

He clearly left a legacy in his wake because he consistently lived out a theme within his story.

Can you say that you are doing the same? The theme of your life is the core of your legacy. Your theme doesn’t have to be something that you are famous for. It simply has to be something about you that’s consistently true.

Because I’m in my feelings about my own grief and am now doubled down in my emotions contemplating the brevity of life and our intentional disregard of this truth, I took liberties with this episode of the podcast I don’t normally take.  I simply wanted to make this show mean something more.

I want you to remember it and I want this message to stick.

Your story matters. And when you live life well, your story has a theme.

A tune.

A melody.

When you live your story like no one else can, the people whose lives you touched will not only remember the theme of your story, because they know it so well they will also be inspired to sing along with your song.

Are you living your story intentionally so that you create a story worth remembering? Do you see them emerging as you go about your days?

I hope so.

And if you don’t, today’s a good day to start singing.


Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Living with legacy
  • Channeling grief
  • Understanding your superpower

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