Leavings’ has been challenging.
There are so many “things” we leave behind, but this book is not about things. It is meant to be the essence of you and what that will be to those you leave behind. True some of it will have to come in the form of the something written. Although what is written should also be the essence of you.
It is so much more than what you can ever write in a book or journal.
written words help but they are not the Heart of the Matter
It will be things like;
- Your attitude
- Memories of you
- Your memories
- Who you were
- What you were
- What you loved
- The lessons of life
Each of these is a part of what you leave behind and what should be part of your daily offering while you are still here. The challenge is to make them everlasting once you are gone.
Life’s Challenge change but persist.
One of the most challenging things I have encountered was being retired/fired from my corporate life. The sting of that loss still hangs around even as I do what I now do, which is writing and creating courses.
Although I must admit I am constantly caught between writing and sharing my perspective on aging and creating courses for the corporate life I no longer worked in. Aging is a fact of life and I have a strong desire to help myself and other do so in the best possibly way. The issue that keeps coming up is the need to also share my 40 years of experience with those who can benefit from it. I continually question why I feel the need to continually be working, outside of the obvious financial one.
So when I write to let go and live, I am really talking to myself?. Working for so many years in a demanding industry there was no other life, which my daughter and even my granddaughter would attest to. So Letting Go of work created a much larger void. I wonder how many others, though have the same issue, especially with the recent downturn in almost every economy. Or perhaps is it just the malady of the older generation. Most from the older generation did not subscribe to the Life/work balance. It was more of a work to make a living, not have a life. The two appear mutually inclusive. If you had a job you didn’t expect to have a life as well. Although that being said, the tradition of having weekends off was rigorously observed. With the next generation, the internet and cellphone everything blends together, work and life.
I wonder how many others, though have the same issue, especially with the recent downturn in almost every economy. Or perhaps is it just the malady of the older generation. Most from the older generation did not subscribe to the Life/work balance. It was more of a work to make a living, not have a life. The two appear mutually inclusive. If you had a job you didn’t expect to have a life as well. Although that being said, the tradition of having weekends off was rigorously observed. With the next generation, the internet and cellphone everything blends together, work and life.
A much different next generation maybe…..
But I would think, maybe not so much. With the next generation, the internet and cellphone everything blends together, work and life. When they consider life/work balance they simply trade the traditional work week for work when they want. Without realizing it given the wonderful mobile world they are in really has them working 24/7 there is no real downtime. Emails and text message come at all time and all hours and they feel compelled to respond.
So maybe when I write to let go and live, I am really saying Let Go of the iPhone and live outside the technology bubble. Sounds good to me, but the question is can someone even of my vintage actually do it?
Most of us don’t!
Many of us purchase food and don’t consume it all before its expiry date. We also purchase clothing that we don’t wear.
We buy magazines we don’t read, and books we forgot we even had.
Life needs books
And today with all the information on the internet we often download “important” stuff that we never open.
That goes double for the things we get for free! Why do we even accept it or download it?
Most of us do so because we perceived a need at the moment, but as time passes so does the need.
All this Stuff – Is it really all that important?
Is it any wonder then that we end up with so much stuff? Our houses are cluttered with unused things. Even our computer hard drives are filled to the brim with articles, books, reports and free stuff we will never use.
Adding to that are key things that we should be using. If you have downloaded a book on some particular health issue then it should be read especially if it is your health issue. Ebook readers are popular these days and almost everyone has one on some device.
e-readers save space and the environment!
The good thing about consuming books and articles this way is that you don’t have to worry about disposing of them when you are done. And if you are concerned about the environment you won’t have to feel guilty about killing trees with your voracious appetite for the written word.
Digital isn’t always appropriate.
My books are almost all digital with exception of workbooks that requires written input if they are to be of lasting value. I have and am considering making then in a format that allows the input to entered digitally, but have a concern that some of my reads will not be able to do so. In the future, you may find that there will be an option for doings so.
On the topic of Stuff, we don’t consume and that litters our homes you can read my book that will help you to get rid of some the tangible items are actually not consumable.
The books is
Don’t let the family history die
It’s part of all our lives
Photos fade images of the mind do not
I am sure, when you go through the old family photos, you will come across pictures that show a piece of the family history. I know I have a picture of my great-great-grandfather, whose first name I never knew, but on the back was written the family last name, Rose. This was an old military picture on thick stock, showing a very stern looking man in uniform. As we asked some of our remaining relatives, we developed a picture of who this man was and his story. When we did it, it didn’t seem to big a deal until one of the grandchildren saw the file and was thrilled that she could use that story for a school project. I had long forgotten that schools often have kids do projects around family. So, it was a bonus on top of the original purpose.
Create a lasting picture of your children’s children
If you are a parent with grown children with their own children, I would guess you have a lot of pictures of grandchildren. I would also guess you have taken a lot of pictures of the grandkids that your kids don’t have. Since you are gathering family photos, now is the time when you can also create a lasting legacy for your children. Take the photo, title each one, and write your own story about why you took the picture, where you took the picture, and how you feel about the picture.
I can guarantee you when you write about this Leavings (get the book ), these are the leavings your family will be happy you left.