This past year has proven my grandparents, being 78 and 86, are truly reaching their later years of life. With my grandfather's progressive Alzheimer's and my grandmothers recent bot with lung cancer, I realize how fragile their life is and more importantly how much my family is in denial.
No one wants to accept that they are getting older or that this may be in fact the last year we spend a holiday together, and understandably so. But while everyone else is worried about what is going to happen to their estate I began to think of all of the precious memories we had together. Memories that left an imprint within my heart and a legacy that cannot be replaced.
What do you think of when you hear the word Legacy?
To many, leaving behind a legacy means to leave behind money or an estate of some sort to a loved one after you have passed. To me, these material things mean nothing. I want something far greater to leave behind for my children, as they are the true reflection of how I lived my life.
My legacy begins in teaching my children to grow up knowing their creator. Knowing that He is there to take care of them through good times and in bad. More importantly I wish for them to have a relationship with God, to understand and have the desire to talk with Him. As friends and even family come and go God will remain forever, so long as our hearts are open to letting Him in.
I wish my children to know and appreciate the meaning of love. Love for oneself as well as for others. We all want to be loved in life, to feel appreciated, but we often find ourselves searching outside for things that can make us happy. When the reality is, true happiness comes from within. How can you show such feelings towards another if you first do not feel them for yourself?
I want my children to know how to dream and how to make dreams happen. We all dream, but I find it upsetting to see few whom understand how to take action and make their dreams a reality.
I want them to know in achieving success they will fail. It is okay to fail, no one is perfect. What you choose to do after you fail is what matters. Are you going to give up and in or are you going to take a stand and learn from your mistake?
While writing this I came to the realization that I cannot know my legacy without first knowing my purpose. My purpose is to inspire my children, to mold them in ways that will please our Father. As he molds me, my purpose will become easier and through my children my Legacy will be known, just as my grandparents have taught me.
Brandi Magill is an aspiring writer, wife, mother of two as well as a business owner. Brandi enjoys educating, inspiring, and connecting with like minded men and women. For a peak inside Brandi's noggin’ visit: http://trueoptimalhealth.com or call: 401-714-2462.