How Do You Want To Be Known and Remembered?
As many of you know, I recently celebrated my birthday. Consequently, I’ve been reflecting on my past and contemplating my future.
Specifically, I’m pondering my relationship with and responsibility to my ancestors. Not only do I stand on their shoulders, in truth I am my ancestors. Thus, these questions come to mind:
- How am I bringing their dreams to fruition?
- In what ways am I taking their triumphs to the next level, or transforming their shortcomings into lessons for guidance and growth?
- How can I be more of what I’ve been created to be?
- In what ways am I paying it forward?
Given where you are in your life, how would you answer these questions?
Although I’ve not yet come to specific answers, I’m clear that my ancestors did the best they could under the circumstances and in spite of the conditions in which they lived. At this stage I’m also doing the best I can, but without a doubt I can be and do better. In fact, I feel compelled to do so!
As I contemplate my future, the issue of legacy is uppermost in my mind. What is Legacy?
In general, we think of legacy as something handed down from an ancestor, something tangible or intangible passed on from one generation to the next; money and/or property a person leaves behind in their will. However, I believe that you create your legacy from the beginning of your life; by who, what and how you are. It usually isn’t until later in life though that most people think about legacy more consciously.
In countries or cultures in which a baby is given a name with a specific meaning, their name may shape their purpose or destiny, or what is expected of them based on the family or community. When a child expresses an interest or talent in a particular activity, if given the opportunity to develop it, that may become the person’s legacy.
Consciously creating your legacy with intention, clarity and joy is essential, particularly if you feel you have more skills to share or gifts to give.
- What are you creating, contributing or producing that may become your legacy?
- Is there something else you feel called to be or do at this time?
- What are you leaving, not only for your family or those you serve, but for the world?
- Is there one thing on your bucket list that you must do? If so, what is it?
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Some Ways That I Want To Be Remembered
I am a lifelong learner, spiritual sojourner and cultural creative who values freedom, justice, peace. Therefore, I’d like to be remembered as:
The spiritual, creative, sensitive, wise woman who generously shared her divinely-given talents, skills and gifts, lived her Soul’s Calling through The Wright Resort, helping women Fuel Up, Step Up, Rise Up as leaders, visionaries and change agents to restore balance, peace and justice to heal humanity and the planet.
And when I evolve to the next level, I want the Ancestors to say:
Welcome Home, Our Beloved
Pure is your heart, you’ve done your part
Your assignment is complete,
And your Light shines Bright!
Well done, Harriet, well done!
How do you want to be remembered?
“It’s a great blessing to know your true self, realize your soul’s calling, fulfill your life’s purpose and create a fruitful legacy.” – Harriet Tubman Wright
*Please note that May 1 is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and traditional spring holiday in some cultures. May Day is also International Workers’ Day. May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and Older Americans Month!