The Stories We Tell – The Legacies We Leave Behind

Whether you know it or not you are writing a book.

We all tell stories; if not in the text and in words than we tell them with our actions. The things we do in life are the legacies that we leave behind. Choices we make become our influence on the world even after we’re gone (especially now in the digital age where people argue freely online).

It is easy to be careless but it is essential that we exercise caution over our actions. The person you choose to be in life is a book you write. What will be written on the pages of your life?

What inheritance will you leave the earth? Will you leave it better than you found it? Will you make your story a gift to the world – or will you be a curse? How do your actions impact those around you and those you never see?

When you toss the soda can rings in the ocean you may never see the animal tangled as a result. You may not see the agony of your dog on the days you spend too many hours at work. Often our actions have consequences that we are completely unaware of.

Sometimes we are fortunate enough to experience our bad decisions first hand. These times we are lucky because we have the opportunity to learn from our mistakes – if we so choose to.

Life is full of choices. Good one’s bad ones. Unfortunately, it is easier for people to remember your bad choices over the good ones.

Those of us who would rather be remembered for our good deeds over the bad ones have our work cut out for us. We must work extra hard to be mindful of our actions so that we can more efficiently manage our time.

Cleaning up our mistakes is much more work than avoiding them, to begin with – learning lessons, working not to repeat our failures, trying our best to do as little harm as possible, but there can be no balance unless you give something positive back.

I am aware that driving my car to work is most likely doing harm to bugs and other tiny creatures along the way. However, living somewhere with little to no public transportation, it would be in practical for me to walk.

Some harm is unavoidable. Do not turn away from these unfortunate truths or avert your eyes from those who are suffering. These things are the realities of the world and turning a blind eye is the least helpful thing you could do.

When you write your tale put something worthwhile in your publication. Goodness knows there’s enough garbage in the world these days.

8 thoughts on “The Stories We Tell – The Legacies We Leave Behind

  1. I love this! I am currently writing a book on “recovery from severe mental illness,” which is based on the last 12 years of my life, and really hope I manage to make it interesting and informative! I think everybody should write the story of their own life, just so that it is out there for the world to find, if they so choose to!

  2. Bravo. Well said and needed. Even though we may think we are on this path in this way, we benefit hugely from the reminder. Thank you!

    I am always cheered to find others who do not buy the suppression of darker things, but look them in the face with empathy, and move on, striving to always act in harmony with dharma (the way we Really are).

  3. you’re right, we most definitely are writing a book! i never thought of it that way. i like it. and we have impact on others and the world. it is a choice we need to make about what kind of impact it is. what we want. thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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