Leaving a Legacy – Your thoughts?
The Desire to leave a Legacy –
Included are some beautiful quotes to help jog your own thoughts about leaving behind a legacy. What would you do?
I would love to learn your thoughts so look forward to reading about them. Why you might ask? Because it would make me a richer person for it!
The main reason why the book Aba and Shamana did get written was so that I could leave a legacy behind for my children, their children and their children’s children. So that they could connect in times of need or curiousity and know that a member of their family whom had once lived had been thinking of them. That I loved them enough to want to leave something tangible of myself behind for them.
I wanted to let them know that even though one day I might not be around and that even though I had not even met them, that I would have loved them as fiercely as Aba had done for Shamana and Jesu. That I would have done anything possible to help and protect them.
If one day they pick up this book and while flicking through its pages they get a sense of being connected to a wider network that constitutes their family’s past, present and future then I would have been successful in achieving my aim.
Quotes: Ray Bradbury; Shannon L. Alder; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: First Part
Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.
It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”
― Shannon L. Alder
You can’t, if you can’t feel it, if it never
Rises from the soul, and sways
The heart of every single hearer,
With deepest power, in simple ways.
You’ll sit forever, gluing things together,
Cooking up a stew from other’s scraps,
Blowing on a miserable fire,
Made from your heap of dying ash.
Let apes and children praise your art,
If their admiration’s to your taste,
But you’ll never speak from heart to heart,
Unless it rises up from your heart’s space.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: First Part