Your Life Is Your Most Important Legacy

Posted: August 10, 2011 in a lonely journey, what makes us tick

I wouldn’t even pick up a book like this, yet sometimes I find myself right in the middle of this dull boring story. And every time I have to remind myself that I’m not only its protagonist. I’m it’s author. Not the publisher. Not the reader. The writer. The one, who day after day creates this story called My Life. And while factors beyond my control may prevent me from writing it, when do I write, I am in charge. And this story that I create line by line, page by page will be only legacy. And I wish so much I could erase some pages — or even chapters — but alas, they are written in stone.

But at least I can make the coming pages better. After all, if I don’t make them better, no one ever will. This is my story.

  1. Diane says:

    Very sobering reality check. We aren’t victims. We are the authors of our own existence. The power is always within to determine how we will approach each and every moment of our lives.

    What a sweet human you are to want to rewrite some of your chapters, but life is never random. : ) We are here to learn and grow…so just keep going. A very wise person once said, “I accept that i will make mistakes. I refuse to stop learning from each one of them.” I give this person an A+ in earth school. S/he is doing quite well. : )) God bless. ❤


  2. Anonymous says:

    The only thing we are in control of is our response to life’s circumstances. Our legacy is our gift to others be it good or bad. Even the worst of circumstances can turn out for the good if we are willing to learn from our mistakes. Something tells me that you are a life long learner….enjoy the ride. 🙂


  3. Sunshine says:

    This song came to mind and seems to go nicely with your post:

    It’s called “The Story of Your Life”.


  4. Diane says:

    Sunshine, the song you mentioned is perfect. Thanks for sharing it. I had never heard of Matthew West, before. I took the time to listen to a couple of his other songs and really liked them. Thanks again. : )


  5. Some reading this post might be thinking, “wow, I would be grateful to have routine in my life”. As someone who has experienced periods of unemployment both receiving benefits more recently and not on the first go around, the scheme doesn’t matter so much as knowing what our personal tolerance for routine might be. If we are attracted to unmaskd then our tolerance may be a bit less than say a fast food restaurant worker who works for fifty years in the industry and never blinks twice about their lot. One thing is for certain though, of all the authors I was introduced to in my years of formal education, I question where the presence of Ayn Rand may have been? Maybe there was an introduction that didn’t break through the communistic programming but in spending a few moments reading her bio and book summaries, I can say she is someone who would have likely been an extraordinary inspiration during the high school years. Had I been exposed to a biopic on her life in my pre-teen years, this trajectory may have been quite different. Next on the growing to do list is to delve into her life as I somehow lived through it.

    How is it though that I am sitting here now pondering about the life of Ayn Rand while listening to co-workers all of whom have a knack for comedic timing in a part of our building coined the green room avoiding routine? What’s the point of this rambling? The routine part in all likelihood is the work, the stuff that allows us the time/$ to find those activities which get those neurons firing again, to inspire. Calamity comes in finding the balance between feeling uncomfortable in a way that works for us and then again returning to that which is familiar. Even Ayn Rand had to “work” after all. If she were alive I would love to have the conversation with her comparing and contrasting individual and societal benefits of a contractor versus employee perhaps framed by the question of, “Would we all be better off if everyone is a contractor?” Somewhat related is the recent conversation in the media about the US debt ceiling. One of the more original ideas I encountered was to ask those employees who are retiring in the next (I’m throwing a number out there) ten years to streamline themselves out of the operation. I can relate as someone who is doing that very thing at a not for profit. We are attempting to automate all that we can to free up our time for those tasks which cannot be automated. The government however will fall into some cash if the baby boomers positions are not filled once retirement approaches. Ayn Rand might ask, “who owns that capital?” Those retiring workers? The next generation? The village in Brazil that was uprooted due to monolithic factory farming operations? I love that she asked questions like these and by asking these questions, amazing stories were developed in the process. If she were alive today, we’d definitely be friends.


  6. Diane says:

    Just had a close friend die. Screw your legacy, just don’t take your life too seriously. Let it go. You’re not going to get out of this alive, anyways.


  7. Diane says:

    I want my legacy to be that I taught people how to let go and forgive…to LOVE. Life is dust in the wind. Blink and it’s all over.


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