The Doing of Life

One of the small pleasures I have enjoyed over the years is turning to the obituary page of the New York Times and reading about the life of some accomplished individual.

There are always the film stars and politicians of note, but often the person in question is unknown to most of us, but not unremarkable. It’s a small comfort to me that, in the age of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and selfies,  some people simply get up each morning and get about the business of life. The Doing of Life. And they accomplish great things without fanfare, publicity, or self-promotion. Perhaps that is also why they accomplish great things: they keep their eye on the ball and not on the crowd who might be watching.

The Old Money adage of only having your name in the paper when you’re born, when you marry, and when you die, rings true once again.

So let’s get on with the Doing of Life and let the accolades fall wherever–and whenever–they may.



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