Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Legacy....


I stepped away from my blog in a conscious effort to step up my game in life and I can honestly report that the trade-off (to date) has been worth it. It’s been almost two months since my last post and a lot has transpired behind the scenes.  Looking back, I’ve been working at a seemingly frantic pace to move from the shaky ground to solid land and though at times I questioned my footing, I feel confident about the path ahead.

I’m constantly learning ways to stop taking this life for granted because tomorrow is never a guarantee.  My instincts have pushed me to say “yes” when it would have been safer to say “no”.  My friends continue to be a network of comfort, support and knowledge.  My career is filling me with the kind of purpose, ownership and pride that’s rare to find in today’s market. My son remains determined to “school” me in the world of fun, patience and spontaneity. 

And yet…

Hardship and heartache sometimes make a guest appearance.  We’re here on this earth for a good time, not a long time and life occasionally sends us a difficult reminder.  Someone that I love very much is leaving me much sooner than I anticipated due to an illness that has been fought for a very long time.  Since hearing the news there have been tears, there’s been anger, there’s been reflection and now I’m coming into the homestretch of hope.

I hope there’s a lesson in all of this.
I hope loving someone this much replaces the hurt long after they’re gone.
I hope they believe my words when I tell them, “I’m a better person because you were here.”
 
In thinking about the news shared with me, I’ve become aware that I would hate to leave this earth without making a mark on it.  I want to leave tangible proof that I was here and that I made a difference in the smallest way.  Do you feel the same?  In the words of Mary Oliver, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

This isn’t a call for grandiose strategies or elaborate ideas.  It’s a simple request for proactive actions that will circumvent regret.

If you’re reading this, it’s my sincerest hope that today you do something to contribute to the life of someone else.  Say you’re sorry, reveal a crush, right a wrong, be true to your word, hug your child, write your story, or make your art…. Do whatever your heart truly desires.

Create your legacy and one day someone will thank you for it.

Until next time, friends….