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Well, it's been longer than I care to admit since I posted a new wall to the gallery. Seems like the 4th of July was just yesterday as this summer has flown by fast. Now, Fall is just around the corner. Time, as does life, sure seems to fly by fast.

Making use of the time I have left has been on my mind lately. Even more so, what kind of footprint will I leave behind? And with that thought, let me introduce to you today's theme entitled, "Legacy", making this the ninth new design for the year, and the 168th overall to this site.

"What kind of legacy do I want to leave? What would I want to be said of me after I die?" These are questions that typically motivate us to reevaluate where we are in life and seek out to make changes that bridge our current position to hopefully a more fulfilling future. It may not be the best to do this on a daily basis, because over time, we wear ourselves down because we'll compare where we are at to where we are not. It's kind of like when you start a diet because you want to lose weight but then constantly compare your current weight to your end goal weight. Yes, it's ok to do it once a week, or once a month, as long as you're consistent and not berating yourself daily about not being at your goal weight.

Thinking about your legacy is important as long as you understand that you can't do it all in 1 day. It's not a sprint, but a life marathon that a person can slowly arrive at to ultimately reach. This is how you pace yourself in a healthy way while staying on course. Too many people try to do too much too soon in life, just to ultimately come crashing into a wall of stress and depression because they are not where they want to be in life. The other extreme of course is doing nothing for long stints and then trying to catch up by doing too much in too little time. While there are exceptions, legacies worth remembering aren't made in an instant.

The key the change and arriving at your goal is taking 1 day of improvement at a time. Not every day may bring personal improvement, but it doesn't have to be. Just like in losing weight, you think you do all the right things one day, and the scale may still show that you went up a pound or two. Don't sweat it. The key is staying consistent.

Legacies are something though we should all think about a couple times a year though. I won't personally share here what I'd like my legacy to be, but at least I know I have a goal to move towards. Taking a small step today will lead to taking another step tomorrow.

I do want to impress upon you that you should begin thinking about what you want you're legacy to be. I believe that none of us should say "I'm already there," or, "I've already accomplished what I've set out to do." That's great! Now, do something else that stretches you to grow. Chances are if you think you are already there - you're probably not - at least to the point where you can't grow as a person any more. When you can hit that point in life, you've lived a full one. That is the goal and legacy to shoot for.
- Original blog entry from 08.30.2016

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