The most beautiful book to read is Die Empty by Todd Henry.
The author was inspired and got this idea of writing this book while attending a business meeting.
When the Director asked the audience: Where is the richest land in the world?
One of the audience answered: The Oil-rich Gulf states.
Another added: The Diamond mines in Africa*”
Then the Director said: “No IT IS THE CEMETERY.
Yes, Cemetery is the richest land in the world, because millions of people have departed/died and they carried away many valuable ideas that did not come to light nor benefit others. It is all in the cemetery where they are buried.”
Inspired by this answer, Todd Henry wrote his book, “Die empty” where he did his best to motivate people to pour out their ideas and potential energies in their communities and turn them into something useful before it is too late.
The most beautiful of what he said in his book is: “Do not go to your grave and carry inside you the best that you have.
Always choose to die empty.
The True meaning of this expression, is to die empty of all the goodness that is within you. Deliver it to the world, before you leave.
If you have an idea perform it.
If you have knowledge give it out.
If you have a goal achieve it.
If you have resources, assist the less opportuned.
Love, share and distribute, do not keep it inside.
Let’s begin to give. Remove and spread every atom of goodness inside you.
Africa is like this today because many leaders want to take power to the grave. Instead of good leaders to groom successors that will easily take over the reins from them, they choose to sit-tight and die on the throne of power.
Do you have a thriving family business you would wish to remain in the family for generations to come? Then groom family members and acquaint them with the nitty-gritty of the business. Don’t take your knowledge to the grave. You may not bequeath the business to your direct children if none of them have the aptitude or competence to manage it. It could be to a nephew, cousin or even niece you know can keep the tradition going. It’s not by force, our children must inherit our wealth when they are obviously not capable of managing it when we are gone. Pass it on to the deserving and go to your grave empty and happy.
Material acquisitions will not follow us to our graves so invest in those you know have the potential to contribute to the well-being of the society. Help that indigent child with scholarships. Set up that Soup kitchen to take some poor people off the streets instead of keeping sacks of food in your store as food for rodents.
We are as rich as those whom we have impacted. If you walked through this life and was known for only the great parties you threw, the choice cars you drove or the palatial mansions you built without any benefit to humanity, you will take your poverty of the mind to the grave where no one will remember to put a flower in your memory.
Start the race now. Let us Die Empty.