To Be or Not To Be -- Is That The Question?
Reflecting On Creating Your Best Self
We ask ourselves many questions growing up. High school taught me "To be or not to be" was the question. Or, at least it was the one which opened a soliloquy from Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet" written in 1600. I have to ask, "Is that the all-important question?" Perhaps not, unless you rephrase it to ask "To be or not to be-- what?" That might lead to examining our character or what we stand for in this life.
I think one of the more important questions that must be asked is "What will be my legacy?" That one takes quite a bit of mulling over. It's not hard to let daily struggles, distractions, responsibilities and such take precedence over critical think time. All these things are constantly vying for our attention. I recall hearing the phrase, "A woman's work is never done," spoken by very busy women I have known, and I can certainly relate. But, it takes a diligent effort to make that quiet time to meditate, reflect and critique ourselves sometime in each day, seeing how we are measuring up in those important life questions.
It is only when we silence the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. ~K.T. Jong
So, what will people remember about us when we're gone? Hopefully, we come to the realization of life's purpose or what each of us is called to do for the greater good. When we figure this out, the question should resonate with us big time and help define our daily actions.
Perhaps the significance of this question will impact us so much that our resolve to live in accordance with it will become second nature. This brings to mind a thought found in Micah 6:8. It tells us that the Lord requires us to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with Him. I'd say manifesting those qualities of justice, mercy and humility before our Creator in everyday life would be a good legacy, wouldn't you?
Speaking of justice, I was privileged to read an advance copy of a wonderful book by Dr. Mollie Marti called "Walking With Justice." It's her account of working with Judge Max Rosenn and will be available early January, 2012. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. It's that captivating! Check it out at www.walkingwithjustice.com.