We spend our lives moving toward something – anything. Getting out of sixth grade. Becoming great at a sport, any sport. Learning to drive. Graduating from high school. Learning a trade. Completing college. Securing your first big kid job. Buying a new car. Committing to a relationship. Buying a house… so many life events which really have nothing to do with your ultimate happiness or creating a legacy – helping you to grow whole, rather than old.
I am driven to succeed in any way that I can. I am eager to join the ranks of those who work beyond convention, who color outside of the lines, and those who are determined to win, to be the best at what they do – in my case, to consistently find the better way. Success is important. Vitally important, but not as important as being a better you, continually discovering the better way to be “you”. I like who I am, but I know – I know – I can be a better me. I know that my future hinges on the fact that I have not quite reached my full potential.
Are you there? Can you stop growing? Have you deceived yourself into believing that you have reached your limit? That you are the best that you can be?
A friend of mine passed away last week – quite unexpectedly, I must say. She seemed vibrant and strong, happy and healthy. Yet, she died – and she left behind an unfulfilled life – there was more for her to do, more for her to achieve, people left to love, a child yet to raise, and a journey not quite finished. She was well-loved and a leader, an expert in her field. And yet, she was nowhere near done, nowhere near complete. She taught me so many things about my work and hers, but the greatest lesson she taught me was to never give up. Even when you think you are done, there is more left to do, one more mountain to climb and I want to climb them. She left too many unclimbed.
My legacy isn’t close to being ready for me. I am too bent on personal development and my process of might. Growing old is a diminishing return. Growing whole yields interest and unknown dividends – but I expect them and I want them, they will be mine. I have no intention of going quietly into the night, for there is no night, there is no rest. And while I would love it if my words would move mountains, we know they will not…
“It is important to know that words don’t move mountains. Work, exacting work moves mountains.” – Danilo Dolci
So, what is it that you want? Are you expecting mountains to move simply because you wish it? Or are you prepared to do the work? I already do not have enough time to do all that I want, that I must. I am prepared to ready my legacy for me.
Come and get me? Nah, go and get it.
We should all be so lucky to have someone who will never let us go. The ultimate legacy is to leave behind someone who will love you forever…
The “journey” made sure of that…