Day 18, Legacy, 30 Days of Creative Expression

Day 18Todays SPIRIT@WORK® Card is Legacy. Lance Secretan wrote,

“In the Hopi Tradition, no decision is made until its effects on the next seven generations have been considered.”

Imagine if we lived in such a way that we knew our actions and values would affect those who would follow us. Imagine if our society as a whole cared about leaving a lasting, positive legacy for future generations. 

We don’t see much of this in a “fast food-give-me-what-I-want-now” society. However, I am passionate about leaving a lasting legacy of blessing to my children and children’s children and that is what this multi-media piece I created today is all about. I've actually been working on this piece for a few days, but when I drew the Legacy card, I somehow knew it expressed the word within it's ridges, putty knife scrapes and deep crevices that you may not be able to make out in this photo.

I have a strong sense of legacy, because of the impact my grandparents had on my life. The impact of legacy can be felt in many ways, but to me the most important aspect of legacy is depicted through character values.

How we do anything is how we do everything. Character is what dictates how we do what we do.

Although none of us is perfect and we will make many mistakes in our lifetime, how we deal with our mistakes as well as our right decisions is what affects the legacy we leave behind. When I published my first book, a collection of poetry, I did it so my kids would know they could do what was in their heart to do. When I've righted a wrong I've done it so that my generational line would be spared one less mess to clean up. Today when I choose to love, I think about the love I see in my children and how that love will live on for all of time.

How do you live in a legacy consciousness?