For a little while at least it gave me something to think about. Too bad it wasn’t real.
It turns out the Eiffel Tower in Paris, apparently bathed in purple light to honor the singer Prince, was simply a photo-shopped picture sent around the world.
I saw it on TV last night – and for the time I thought it was real it definitely made me stop and think. To be honored in such a manner means you lived an extraordinary life, which literally touched billions of others.
Someone, or some group thought enough of Prince to give this idea a shot and then tweet it out to the world. It was a pretty cool idea to even fake the tribute. How many of us can touch enough lives, and deeply enough, to earn even the thought of that gesture to honor our existence?
It all comes down to how you live your life – not how you died. It’s legacy. And maybe we do get too caught up in celebrity and make a bigger deal out of one life more than then the next. That part is wrong. But I do believe that people who can take their creative talents to the next level – one which touches the entire planet – certainly deserve tribute. It means you gave it all you got, you tried to do all you could with all you had been given on a scale that circled the globe.
We will surely find out at some point how and why Prince died and while it might be shocking, it will still be sad because the talent and the giving go with him. But creating a body of work that the world can enjoy for eternity is saying something. Something big. It means you made your, as Steve Jobs liked to say, “giant dent in the universe”. You demonstrated for all the world to see – your purpose, your passion and in this case it came with a color which identified your soul – purple.
Now others will remember your purple “reign”.
My point is this – if even for a few moments one of the world’s most enduring symbols appeared to be lit up in your honor – the fact that I, or anyone even believed the tribute is true validation.
For a moment it was nice to believe.
For a lifetime others will remember what you left behind.
Until next time thanks for taking the time,
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