What Will Your Legacy Be?

2018 2019 hospice legacy newyear Jan 12, 2019

I have been thinking a lot about legacy these days. The start of a new year always puts me in the mood to be more intentional about what I want for the next 12 months. Yes, it’s goal setting time, but more importantly, I want be more deliberate in how I show up and leave a positive impact with my life this year.

If you could leave the people you love with something important when you check out of life, what would it be?

  • Your grandmother’s rocking chair?
  • Your family photos?
  • Your home?

When we think about leaving a legacy, so often what we’re talking about is grounded in materialism – in things collected, loved, handed down, that have resonance for us. But...

  • Do your loved ones know why those things matter to you?
  • Do they know the stories of the people from whom those treasures came?
  • Do they know what you hold dear?
  • Who you were as a child?
  • What really made you who you are?
  • What words of advice or encouragement do you want them to carry with them through...
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"Happy" New Year

This time of year we are all focusing on new beginnings.  Goals are set, resolutions made and thoughts of “this year I’m going to …” are heard around the land.

Here is a thought, what if our goals went from how much weight we’ll lose or how much money we’ll make this year to how much happiness we will allow and how much love can we give and receive.  What if those were our measures of success instead of titles or status or stuff?  Don’t get me wrong; I like titles and status and stuff, but this year, I’m going to focus on happiness and joy and love first and see where it leads me.

I watched a wonderful Ridley Scott movie recently “A Good Year” with Russell Crowe as the main character Max Skinner.  Max inherits his uncle’s vineyard estate in Provence, France where he spent “the happiest moments of my childhood”.  However, Max was so focused on his work as a high stakes financial...

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