The Monument

Lector, si monumentum requiris circumspice.
Christopher Wren, Jr.

When the famed English architect Christopher Wren died in 1723, his eldest son had the above Latin epitaph inscribed on his tomb. Translated, it means “Reader, if you seek his monument, look around.”

The goal of this course has been for you to build your own monument to the world—one that you have completely designed, one that you are proud to stand in the world, one that elicits awe and wonder from others, one that will be remembered for generations to come.

This course has been about defining your life the way you want it to be, equipping you with the knowledge and understanding that may have been missing in the educational process you have experienced to date. If you have followed the phases of development outlined within, you will now have the tools to be able to enjoy life the way you desire. You’ll be able to positively impact the lives of others and maximize your potential by effectively using your God-given talents and abilities.

In the beginning of this course, we touched upon the meaning of success. Perhaps you now have your personal definition of success. Perhaps you are still trying to define it. The purpose of this course was never to give success a definitive meaning; in fact, that would be impossible. The definition we used earlier for success as being “happiness and peace of mind” could never fully describe a state of being. Happiness and peace of mind may be quite different for you than for any other person including your loved ones, your children, other family members and friends. Additionally, it is quite likely that our definitions will change with the years, with our experiences, and with our accomplishments. What is important today may not be as important next year. What will always remain important is that you continue to design the life you desire, whatever the definition of it may be.

The Magic in Moving Forward

This course has not been about some magical answer, even though you may feel that the contents of the coursework have worked magic on your mental outlook, your belief in yourself, and your realization that you are capable of accomplishing great things. In fact, you probably now realize that you have a lot of work to do. You have the beginning of a new life, but you have barely begun to scratch the surface of your possibilities!

As you started this course, you may have been hoping to find simple answers to some of life’s greatest challenges; what you may have found instead is that while some of the phases of development seem simple enough, they are, in fact, quite challenging to act upon. Are you ready to face those challenges? Are you ready to become the architect of your destiny? Now that you have the understanding of how to be in control of the design of your life, will you eliminate your barriers and truly become the architect…