Wednesday, January 25, 2017
What is your Legacy?
I was stumped, the other day, when my cousin was talking about leaving a legacy. She is a talented artist. Many have bought her paintings - her legacy is her art and that it will bring happiness to the owner for many years and long after she has past. She also is a retired educator. She wants to keep touching lives, for the better.
WOW! I have not ever thought about leaving a legacy or having a legacy. I've been so busy, living life - raising my children to adulthood, working with little ones for 30 years, that I never gave it any thought.
I told her that I guess, my legacy are the things I have taught my children. The rest is fluff.
Her being an artist, she didn't quite understand me and I couldn't put it into words very good. There was a lull in our conversation.
I asked my husband. "What is my legacy?"
What a dear man! He mentioned a few things, that made me get tears in my eyes. (I don't allow myself to cry anymore because when I do, it's hard for me to stop - it triggers me back to when my son died - So I am hard on myself and it works for me)
They were simple things - and I recognized them. I don't need to mention them but I was relieved that I am leaving some part of me behind. We all can't be great artists, or writers or singers, composers, humanitarians, etc. And perhaps, us simple people, start to think after a while, that all we have ever done, on this earth is take up space. But we haven't. We are just as important and our simple legacies are just as beautiful, and will continue to touch lives, even after we have passed.
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