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Our legacy and the Picture Puzzles of our Life

August 24th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Today, I was reading Jon Gordon’s newsletter.  Jon is the author of the Energy Bus and his new book, Training Camp, among others.  The theme running through his newsletter is about leaving a legacy.  Jon says, “I’ve been encouraging everyone to think about the legacy they want to leave because knowing how you want to be remembered helps you decide how to live and work today.”  Leaving a legacy is very important to most of us.  Not only do we want to live a life of value with purpose, but we want to leave something that our children and their children can look back on with pride.  A life that was lived with mentoring lessons woven in the fabric  of our life.   Designed to leave foot prints on a road map in which to follow to help them with their purpose driven life.

Jon uses an anology of running a relay.  Jon talks about knowing what the baton is in your life that you are wanting to pass.  I agree with that.  An analogy that holds meaning for me is a big picture puzzle.  When my mother was in the hospital our entire family gathered at the hospital like most families do.  Because of the critical nature of her condition at the time, we could only spend 10 minutes of every hour with her.  We had lots of time to do the jigsaw puzzles in the waiting room.  Thank goodness, they were all in the original boxes!  Without those boxes, we wouldn’t have know what the puzzle should look like when it was completed.

Our lives are like those puzzles.  There are hundreds of pieces to put together to make it work.  If we don’t have a picture in our minds of what we would like our lives to look like, just like a puzzle without the box, we will be faced with hundreds of pieces that we have no idea how they fit together. 

It is important that we have a vision for our lives.  We need to know what a successful life means to us. Do you know what accomplishments you feel are important to the purpose of your life?  If we can see that picture with our mind’s eye, it makes our decisions easier when we are holding that puzzle piece in our hand that is all black with just a little patch of sky on it.  One piece at a time we will create the masterpiece of our life!

As baseball great and team manager, Lawrence “Yogi” Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else!”

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