The Tracks We Leave Behind
“We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.”
– American Indian Proverb
I’ve thought a lot in recent months about the legacy I’m leaving, the tracks left behind by my life. I know that if my life ended now I would have left a lot to the world: the ground-breaking, soul-enriching work of HeartMath where I was a key contributor, spokesperson and executive for many years. The photos, images, thoughts and feelings I share through social media which many say is a steady source of inspiration and upliftment. Don’t get me wrong! I’m not planning to check out any time soon. My plan is to keep reversing the aging process like Benjamin Button, stopping just before I become a complete adolescent!
I find myself, especially at times of such turmoil and fear in the world, asking myself what else I can contribute to the world…. to know deep in my heart that I’ve done everything in my power and with my talents and capacities to make the world a better place.
Here’s part of my plan: as part of my legacy-creation, I’ve started working on a book on a new renaissance for humanity. I’m also starting a new business to represent the breadth of my personal and professional interests, especially centered around how we as a society need to integrate the arts and an appreciation for beauty more deeply into our personal lives, let alone into our organizations and institutions. It will be a collaborative enterprise on a global scale.
I figure that to get all that done will take me to at least 100, at which point I might not be dancing or singing quite as much as I am these days. Maybe it might even be time to retire… so I have more time to fully enjoy life! The tracks I leave behind …….