Monday, July 29, 2013

How Do You Wish To Be Remembered?

While I was at home, my cousin Sandra came over to the house, asking questions for the memoir she is writing about her grandma, my great Aunt Elsie. It was quite honestly one of my favorite moments of the summer thus far. We sat outside, Mom and Dad told stories that they remembered involving Aunt Elsie, meanwhile us kids added other stories of our own as we went, reflecting and reminiscing on childhood memories (and trust me there were lots... so many great memories living next door to Uncle Bill and Aunt Elsie). As Sandra asked questions, prompting answers, I reflected on how I thought people might remember me? How would they answer the questions she asked? Would they remember the good stories, the bad stories, the funny memories, the not so funny memories? What experiences would stand out most and what stories would they tell to someone writing my history? Guess I better start being nicer to people! ;) It made me realize the importance of family, interactions with others, and making memories. Not every memory has to be positive or life-changing. Many negative stories teach life lessons. However, what do we do in our lives that leave impressions on people? The experience helped me to reflect on my own life and how I wish to be remembered.

I have a quote on my computer by Jeffrey R. Holland that says,
When the Savior comes, I want to so be caught living the gospel. I want to be caught in the act of spreading the gospel or doing something good, if I can. I want the Savior to say to me, I recognize you not by your title, but by your life, the way you're trying to live, and the standards you're trying to defend. I see the integrity of your heart. I know you've tried to make things better. I know you weren't always successful, but I believe that you honestly tried.
I hope that if I can strive for this and living in this manner and in the process maybe there will be a good story or two about me that I can be remembered by! How do you wish to be remembered by others? What legacy do you want to leave?

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