As I write this #RIPHarry is trending on Twitter worldwide. (For those of you unfamiliar with Twitter that means that this is one of the most popular topics of discussion currently.)
Harry Moseley died at 11.10pm yesterday in his mother’s arms. He was just 11 years old.
When Harry was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour he vowed to do something to help others with a similar disease. He set up a charity, Help Harry Help Others, http://www.helpharryhelpothers.com/ and has raised over £85,000 from the sale of his hand made beaded bracelets . He also helped Cancer Research UK raise thousands more by speaking about his disease.
I didn’t know Harry but every picture shows him smiling. He clearly had the ability to inspire others and gained a great deal of support from a wide range of celebrities. Harry made a huge impact in his tragically short life. What is more he has left his grieving family with a purpose that will hopefully help them cope in the coming months and years.
Harry had an all too short time to make his impact on the world. When he was diagnosed he could, quite reasonably, have withdrawn and dwelt on how cruel life was. He didn’t and I think we owe it to Harry to take his example and make something significant of our lives. When your time is up will your name be trending worldwide on Twitter because you made an impact? Today isn’t too soon to decide your purpose in life and then start living it.