My father passed away Dec. 19th at the age of 89. At his passing, he had approximately 25 family members at his bedside! He went peacefully with many prayers, much love, and hopefully no pain in the end. He had a beautiful life and because of the fruit of their labor and love (my mother passed away 11 years ago), my siblings and I have also had and continue to have a beautiful life as well. For that, I am eternally grateful! As I was thinking of all that my dad had experienced in his lifetime and all the people who came to pay their respects, it was clear that my father was loved by many! It got me to thinking of something I had written down some time ago in my little red notebook about choosing our legacy. I don’t remember where I heard this but here it is:
“Choose Your Legacy. This is all about the deathbed test. Will loved ones describe you in terms of what you bought for yourself, or will they talk about who you were and how fiercely you loved? Make that question your guidepost – your life will be richer for it.”
My father had a passion for life! He never failed to ask me how my art was coming along and was always very supportive of that for as long as I can remember. As I look back at my dad and mom’s life, there is no doubt that their legacy was about love.