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Leaving a Legacy

This year will be my first official Mother’s Day.  While scrolling through Facebook, I saw a quote from George Washington.

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am, I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

I know the impact a mother makes.  I have a great mother. In the past when I saw these quotes they would make me think of her. But this year the former President’s quote made me consider my role.

Chris Rice has a song titled, Power of a Moment that says:

“How am I going to make my mark in history?
What are they going to write about me when I am gone?
These are the questions that shape the way I think about what matters
I have no guarantee of my next heart beat…
You know the number of my days…
And what if no one wants to read about me when I am gone?
I get so distracted by my bigger schemes
Show me the importance of the simple things”

I realize that simple things are often the most important; eating breakfast with my son, holding him in the middle of the night when he wakes crying, playing in his sand box, reading him books, telling him I love him

Leaving a legacy is built in the collection of moments. The way I choose to use my moments can contribute to my son’s success or demise.  I ponder am I doing all I can to teach him good morals. Am I raising him to be intelligent and healthy?  Am I leaving the legacy I intend?

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