Your Life a Legacy was in print for a few years. It did okay, but I wanted to do more with it. I spoke on the topic for years, and although it was popular with listeners, that wasn’t “it” either. After praying and pacing and praying some more, I knew the answer. I’d give it away here on the blog.
Because I wanted to give you a gift, provide easy access for you, and make a way to come back to the parts of the book that resonate with you.
This project was never about only me. It’s about you and me and our stories.
Throughout these posts, you’ll read, “Your Life Matters” and “Your Story Matters” over and over. I’ve been telling people this for over 30 years. Lots of other people are saying those things too. A reader contacted me and told me those people were stealing my stuff. I appreciated her concern, but there’s this truth to consider:
As Solomon said, There is nothing under the sun is truly new. Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NLT)
And there’s this: her comments gave me an opportunity to celebrate that other people are saying the same thing as much passion as I am! That’s called affirmation and I love it.
When I was finally ready to write the final draft, I decided to start with a note to my readers. Now, it is the first post in Your Life a Legacy Series.
A Note from the Author. . .
I was sharing my idea for this book with a friend when she asked, “What is your goal in writing Your Life, a Legacy?” At first, I thought I knew the answer – after all, I’ve been a journal keeper for a long time and have taught this topic for years at conferences. Looking into her eyes, I gave her my easy response. “I want to help people preserve their personal histories.”
The hollow words caused me to cringe.
It was a wide answer – the kind that tip-toed across the surface and nothing more. My friend’s inquiry deserved a deep answer – the kind that flows from the abundance of the soul.
I resisted that truth and hurried into my project, trying to swat at the unease in my mind as if it were nothing more than a pesky mosquito. I ignored the predictable words piling up on the pages and I neglected the catch in my spirit that urged me to create a book full of ideas and inspiration and to expose my heart to you at the same time.
Then, my friend invited me and another writer to her cabin at the lake for four days. The three of us would eat delicious food, drink our favorite beverages, and write. We’d talk writing and most of all, we’d write. I said yes.
One of the views from Julie’s cabin.
Before leaving home, I read the pages I’d completed. I found lists, facts, and stilted words. Instead of showing future Legacy Givers the tremendous value in their personal histories, I had focused on the process. The chapters felt hollow.
Encouraging people to write their life stories makes me want to sing and yet my writing had no rhythm or melody. I knew in order to write this book with integrity, I’d have to participate and reveal bits and pieces of my own Legacy. The miserable drizzle had to go. I left for the cabin determined to dive in.
After arriving, I stepped into the bathroom out of necessity. While washing my hands, I noticed a lovely sand arrangement on the counter. The words etched on a stone in the center surprised me, and then settled into my soul as I surrendered to their truth.
Nothing can happen through you that hasn’t happened to you.
I wrote sitting at the table in Julie’s cabin. A mix of excitement and fear were present as I declared myself ready to embrace the challenges that writing this book held for me. It was in this safe place strengthened by the prayers of Julie, Barbara, my husband Jon, and my mom.
Here’s the real answer to Julie’s question: I wanted to show you that your personal history is full of purpose, power, and promise. And I believe with all my heart when shared your stories hold the power to affect the people in your home, community, and the world.
Every life that is explored, recorded, and shared becomes a Legacy to this generation and to those who will follow.
I’d love to hear from you if you decide to explore and record the times of your life. You can leave a comment or question here on the blog or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Life is a Legacy!