This week for Spiritual Thursday, we were invited to write about leaving a legacy. Thank you to Holly Mueller and to all of the others who contribute their words.
"When you let go of who you wish you were, you reclaim your power to be radiantly, magnetically, and creatively who you are." ~Heather Ash Amara
I have not often thought about my legacy or leaving a legacy. Yet we all leave our footprints. A charmed legacy is one for which, as Amara states in her wise words, one lets go of what is wanted, to stand in the power and the grace of who one truly is. To leave a charmed legacy is to choose to live life fully…sincerely. To live through suffering, embracing the tears as signs of a life that touches and is touched deeply--even when a heart is broken. To live through joy, allowing the well of happiness to be planted deeply within, spreading to others in daily touches--a heart overflowing. Accepting each moment for what it is--both with its blessings and its sadnesses. To lead a charmed life one embraces abundance rather than bemoans scarcity. To live a charmed life one accepts the gift of who one is--with warts and beauty alike, allowing that life to flourish in any and all circumstances. Living in this space is how I want my footprint to be formed. How I wish to mark my legacy.
Momentous moments in my life have given me glimpses of my legacy. Times of change--moving from one city to another, going from one school to another, leaving one house for another. Times of great joy--marriage, birth, life celebrations. Times of devastating sadness--death, loss of a child’s dreams, loss of a beloved job. At these pivotal moments, grace to see what is true is given and glimpses of how one lives life can occur.
But those moments are not what a legacy makes. It is in the day-to-day steps we take…in the ordinary choices that our footprint is cast. Do I see the extraordinary in the ordinary? Am I kind--to myself as well as others? Am I caring? Do I live my life with integrity and honesty? Do I laugh…daily? Do I hug those I love? Am I open to hugging those I don’t love? Do I work hard? Play hard? Live passionately? Do I enjoy something--anything on a daily basis? Even in boredom, do I strive to be alive? Do I stay awake even when I want to numb or sleep? Do I forgive myself when I am not perfect? Do I forgive others the same? Do I acknowledge all I am given (event those things I might not want) with gratitude? Do I accept what is with grace? Do I give my gifts and accept the gifts I have to give with humility? These acts will leave the footprint of the legacy I want to leave.
The daily-ness of a life given often doesn’t present opportunities to reflect on legacy. Like I said, I don’t really think about leaving a legacy. But I don’t really have to think about it. To leave a charmed legacy one only needs to choose to live life fully, step by step, allowing the grace of who one truly is to be shown. Transformed in the extraordinary beauty of the ordinary of each day. A footprint is formed.