Sharing some of my moments with my tribe
|Posted on 12 June, 2018 at 16:50||comments (830)|
So many people go through life never thinking about what their legacy will be. They are not conscious of what they will leave behind for others to learn from when they are gone. Of course it changes as one grows older and hopefully wiser. For some of us, who are fortunate to live a long, full life of a half dozen decades or more our legacy is ever changing. Many are not dealt the gift of longevity but are aware of the importance of their legacy.
I was told by a family member that was diagnosed with a terminal illness that she felt appreciative of the awakening of consciousness due to her condition. She went on to explain that she felt fortunate to live each day on purpose with no regret. She talked about the memories she was making with her family and friends, the quiet times she spent just being content without bitterness or hast. She made me understand that it is not the time you are given, it is what you give to others during that time. It's been many years since that conversation but I can recall it as if it was just yesterday. It puts a lump in my throat as I was writing this paragraph. The little moments that didn't seemed so ordinary in my life at the time seemed to shift into importance in the pause after each sentence she spoke. Plans I felt could wait suddenly became urgent and intentional. One's personal habits attribute to their legacy. Writing Thank You notes, being on time when someone is expecting you, offering a helping hand even though you are busy, looking someone in the eye when they speak, returning a smile to a stranger and even intentionally dropping a piece of your sandwich on the sidewalk for that stray dog you encountered on your walk to into your office for work are all pieces of a person's legacy.
Your actions tell the world who you want to be, who you are and ultimately who you were.
|Posted on 2 June, 2018 at 17:20||comments (89)|
Like many people around the world I set my alarm to rise early and witness the Royal Wedding. I loved that Harry & Meghan chose Windsor as the location. As I watched, it brought back memories of my visit to Windsor many years ago.
This picture has one very important story behind it .... it reflects the determination and teamwork of eight individual who made their dreams come true.
Let me start by telling you a little bit of the back story. I (pictured far right) had been a volunteer scout leader in a tiny coastal city (population 1,400) along the Texas Gulf Coast for over 10 years when this picture was taken. I started leading when my daughter was only 4 years old because I saw there was a rise in teen pregancy, high school drop out numbers were rising and I did not see any resources for girls in my community. So it was either let my daughter be a statistic or provide more opportunies... I chose the later.
To keep the girls in my troop coming back year after year I incorportaed lots of travel opportunities into the program. I told the girls that if they would stay out of trouble, get good grades and do their best each year that I would take them anywhere in the world they wanted to go when they reached high school. In the Fall of 2003 we were all seated togther brainstorming activities for the year as we did each September and the girls reminded me that they were entering their freshman year of high school which meant I had to deliver on the promise I had made to them many times over the years.
"Yes, you can go anywhere in the world!" was exactly what I told the group of teen girls sitting across the table from me that September in 2003. Without hesitation I continued, "A promise is a promise!" By now they were all jumping out of their seats with excitement as I tried to finish telling them: "I told you I would take you anywhere in the world if you completed a ten year commitment to the program, and you have done that so where are we going girls?" They didn't waste any time making suggestions, yelling out their dream travel destinations. "London, Paris, Rome, Australia" they shouted out. With the feeling that I definitely had my work cut out for me, I replied boldly, "Well then, London and Paris it is girls!"
After making our plans official, we began a year of preparation for the group trip to England and France. Fundraising projects, learning about the places we were traveling to, attaining passports, selecting the right wardrobe and even learning to pack efficiently were all tasks we completed before the seven hour flight to London would take place. Our journey to another county was thought to be a "once in a lifetime opportunity" for all included, as well as myself but it turned out to be the first of many trips I would plan and host to Europe, as well as the continental US.
Seeing the world through the eyes of young people is personally fulfilling. They become more aware of world issues, make connections with people from different cultures, experience different languages, and become well rounded individuals. If you would of asked me as a teenager, if I would travel to London or Paris in the future my answer would have most likely have been -NO.
Now, many years later I can reflect on the lessons I learned about leadership, mindset, planning, implementing, marketing, and accountabilty through my own experiences with them.
The moral to the story is YOU can make anything happen as long as you BELIEVE you can.