Monday, March 7, 2011

A Legacy of Pride and Hope!

For those of you who are struggling with the decision of what you want to become one day, ask yourselves: “What can I do to create something that will benefit those I love and care about the most for generations to come?”

I have heard it said that; “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The next best time to plant a tree is today.” Think about that for minute. That expression speaks to me on so many different levels it isn’t even funny! I think most importantly it says to me, that it is never to late to plant a seed of hope in our own future, for the future of our children and our children’s, children. That is why I became a writer.

Writing a novel is like, baking a cake with thousand layers. Each paragraph is another layer; each page is another coating of frosting, each chapter another section of cake ready to be stacked on top of the other. It isn’t something that can be accomplished at the drop of a hat, it takes time, and each day of writing creates a few more paragraphs, perhaps a few pages. As time goes on, the story will start to unfold in front of you and take on a life of its own. With patience; you will find that you have written an entire book!

Each day of our lives is like that, each day of writing is like planting another seed of hope in the future. I used to quote an expression to my troops to help them maintain perspective on why we had to work so hard. That was, “Put another sand bag on your position everyday and soon you will have a fortress!” The same holds true for just about anything you do in life. I you plant one tree every day, pretty soon you will have an entire forest!

It doesn’t matter what you want to become in life, just know that it is impossible to become a huge oak tree without first going through all the stages in life that it takes to get there. But if you know what your goal or end state is, then planning out which seed to plant becomes the task that must be accomplished each day. And that is how you create something unimaginable through your daily efforts that will benefit not only you but also the ones you love and care about the most forever.

To do this, we must restructure our perception to see the possibilities for our lives. We must use our imagination to create a future that will ensure a legacy of pride, and hope. If you can do that, you will create a legacy that will survive your physical self. And that my friends, is my goal in life.

PRAYER: Dear Father in heaven, please inspire us all to do good works and to be a blessing to others. Grant, O Lord that our deeds will follow us and continue to bless others long after we depart this world. Amen.

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