My leadership class is often a rich place of learning for me. Each week students are required to submit leadership “quotes that inspire”. A recent quote caught my attention and was chosen as the subject for our class discussion. The quote is from the movie “Gladiator”. Just before a major battle, Roman general, Maximus Decimus Meridus, encourages his men with these words: “What we do in life echoes in eternity”.
The quote reflects a worldview that assumes there is an “afterlife” and our choices in this life have important resonance/repercussions in that “afterlife”. As the discussion ensued it was clear that not everyone accepted the concept of an “afterlife”. What was also clear was the fact that whether people believed in an “afterlife” or not most people believed that what we do in life echoes in life, and for some, those echoes are heard in eternity.
The “echo effect” is consistent with the “Law of the Harvest”: You reap what you sow. Another principle at work here is the “ripple effect”. Just as ripples in a pond emanate out from the point of disturbance to influence the surface of the waters some distance away, so to the influence of our actions emanate out from us to impact the lives of others; others who we may never meet. Leadership is a lifestyle. Our everyday choices matter.
I have included a short clip with the quote from the movie “Gladiator”.
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