Monday, February 20, 2017

     If you only had one week to create a legacy, what would you do? Would you continue business as usual? If not, how would you reframe, restructure, remodel your lifestyle to serve as a legacy for your family or for mankind?

      I was thinking this morning, I would like to make this the best week of my life. How could I do this, and who would benefit? The first answer would most likely be, “It would benefit me.” That’s a choice.  What if, however, I wanted to do something, change something that would benefit someone or some group of someones as well as myself? What would or could I do?

     Here are some random ideas that came out of my caffeine consciousness:

  1. Put a small gift on a neighbor’s porch. (Not identifying the sender gets extra points)
  2. Walk up to a stranger in the grocery store and give them a copy of your favorite inspirational book.
  3. Send a letter to a soldier.
  4. Volunteer to do something at a nearby school where you are surrounded by young children.
  5. Send a round-trip airline ticket to one of your grandchildren, and plan a week of life’s lessons for ____-year-olds.
  6. Send a birthday gift to someone with whom you never exchange gifts.
  7. Send a prayer to someone sad, even if they don’t believe. 
  8. Send a thank you note to the produce manager at your grocery store.
  9. Leave a thank you note for your postal carrier. 
  10. Leave a 50% tip when you go out for breakfast.
  11. Write a thank you note to your son or daughter just for being who they are.
  12. Write a “Save the Date” invitation to your spouse for a night out with surprises.
  13. Give a theatre ticket to someone you know can’t afford to purchase it.
  14. Treat yourself to a day with no “To Do” list. 
  15. Put a love note on the steering wheel of your spouse’s car.
  16. Send a thank you to a special friend.

Fill in the blanks.

      Yesterday, we learned that a very lovely acquaintance from our former home town lost her sister to a devastating disease. Almost monthly, we hear of some tragic loss among our circle of friends and acquaintances. 

     Yesterday afternoon at a tailgate, we met a couple who could not be more than 45 years old. He had just suffered a heart attack which resulted in a three-way bypass. She had “botched” surgery on her leg, and lost it from the knee down. They asked us if we wanted to share their wine and cheese with them.

      Tragedy is so random, and crises appear out of nowhere. There’s really few ways that we can prevent many of them, so what can we do? We can stay grounded in the gift of giving selflessly to others in whatever way we are able and in being compassionate with ourselves when we fall short of our own expectations. 

     It all seems so simple. It isn’t. At some point, we realize that the banal clichés are true. We utter them, but we don’t really believe them. Life is short and sometimes complicated. The only way to make any sense of it is to know our purpose, figure out our unique path and follow our hearts. Sometimes we lose our purpose, take the wrong road and feel our hearts breaking. That’s when we need a good strong cup of coffee and a burst of creative energy so we can come up with new ways to ground ourselves in the good.