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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

How will I be remembered?

My aunt posted an interesting question on her FB page a few days ago & it really made me think. ..

"If someone were to pay you ten cents for every kind word you ever spoke and collect five cents for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?"

I know the answer for myself. I am a little ashamed of the truth of it. So it makes me think. . .what will I be remembered for? Will I be someone who is remembered for being kind and charitable? I know of a few things I may never be remembered for. I have endured, I have been blessed but I don't want to just be remembered for my illness. What is the legacy I want to leave behind? What legacy are we all leaving behind? I want to be wealthy in the context of the above question. I want to be remembered as a kind, honest, faithful, loving, and charitable person who makes the people around me happy. Deep down I know the pitfalls of myself. I know my weaknesses, my flaws, my bad habits. I have to decide to change myself. My flaws would cost me five cents which would add up to thousands, possibly millions. I am not just being hard on myself. . . I honestly want to be a person who is genuinely kind and charitable to everyone around me. That is a hard order to fill. I love the idea of being rich with the happiness I would receive from truly living up to it.

So out with the *bad and in with the *good. I know I am a good person. Through my faith, I have accomplished great things. I know what is important in my life. I know what I have promised to do in this life. I also know that when I stop trying to better myself and others I stop spiritual & personal growth. I think it's about time I do some growing!

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