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By David RichmanNational Director, Eaton Vance Advisor Institute

This persistent pandemic, let alone all of the additional strife these days, is dragging down even the most resilient of us. Last evening, going through some files, there they were — notes for my father's eulogy that I delivered a handful of years ago.

My Dad was a true "charismatic adult" in the lives of my brother, his grandchildren and me. He was a rock — the ultimate "source of strength." Thinking about what our conversations would sound like if he were alive to witness this dark chapter of history, I somehow felt better.

During these extraordinarily difficult times, take a moment to reflect on the impact you have on the lives of your clients, your inner circle and the family you hold most dear. How would they describe you?

Perhaps some phrases from the eulogy will provide inspiration for how you want to be remembered in this moment:

  • "As he grew older, it became clearer and clearer that his humor and positivity stemmed from an ever-evolving refreshing view of life."
  • "Sure, he would sometimes get caught in wistful thinking, yet his optimism always won out."
  • "He was the ultimate role model on the power of resilience."
  • "His setbacks in life never shook his broader positive perspective ... just maybe they defined it."
  • "He was so interested and connected. He didn't just want to observe the chapters of our lives; he wanted to discuss every page."
  • "He always led with deep, genuine curiosity."

Bottom line: Are you rising to this moment with clients, your inner circle and family you hold most dear? What will they be saying about YOU tomorrow? This is your time. Go deeper. Keep Chasing Positivity®.