..and when the sun rises again tomorrow, we'll see how far we've come ...

..and when the sun rises again tomorrow, we'll see how far we've come ...

... just to remind myself why I'm doing this ...

Depending on our personalities, the world can be a crowded place or a very lonely one. For those who seek comfort in numbers, there is no shortage of hangers on, but for those who avoid that circus, keeping thier own counsel can leave them feeling quite alone and disengaged from the mad place we call home. Life is a trade off and most of us choose how we live it.

For me, I'd rather work things out as best I can, using my own thoughts and feelings to sort things out. Following the crowd has never been a temptation to me, but that has its price, one that I'm totally comfortable with every day I get to stand up and be the person I aspire to be. When I sometimes lose track of who that is, I come here to remember, to reconnect and to resume my quest.

These posts are a reflection of some of what matters to me and it's a privilege to have the opportunity to collect these thoughts as they form in my head, as they prepare the way for my life, as it evolves from one day to the next. They re-inspire me when things seem to be floating about, with no particular aim or purpose, and it does happen from time to time.

So, today I had these thoughts that I think are worth writing down for the future me to look back on when I need to ...

Monday, May 5, 2014

legacies, ... self-serving memorials or well-earned tributes?

Among the more well-to-do, a legacy appears to be the one lasting thing they feel they can leave behind them once they've passed on or away, (depending on one's beliefs). I think that's a "testament" to the fleeting nature of material affluence of which many spend most of their lives in pursuit.

What is a legacy anyway? I guess that depends in large part on one's assemblage of values. That could also mean then that a desireable legacy can be an objective that keeps changing along the way. I'm not even able to accept that a legacy is something that one has to plan or create with intent. I think that what some would label a legacy, I would describe as an accumulation of one's achievements both good and questionable, and is not something that one actually creates to be like a time-capsule to be opened at some time in the future, or a book left on a dusty shelf for no-one to thumb through.

For me, I feel no overwhelming need to create or leave such a thing as we call a legacy. I aspire to something more personal, aimed at soothing my own spirit while I'm still of this corporal world. I aspire to experience the benefits of a maturing wisdom that I can pass on to my children as they grow through their lives, and perhaps do the same for theirs.

My comfort comes from the notion that when my world goes dark, my light shines in the minds of those who are important to me now. I think 'love' is for the living. I don't think we can 'love' someone who has passed, but we can experience the memories of love held for the once living. For those that held material affluence above emotional wealth, a legacy may be the way for them to continue that aspect of their time spent among others. They may want their light to shine upon their billboard, their legacy, which announces whatever they want people to remember about them.

For me, the idea that I've contributed to the richness of my children's lives is the most gratifying accomplishment I can imagine. That would be a true legacy for me to leave to the world they forge for themselves and their families.

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