“You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
This sounds like a cliché – but cliché’s come about because they are true. “If you don’t buy the Lotto ticket you can’t win the prize”. Some decisions we avoid because we are afraid of winning; some because we are afraid of losing; and some because it isn’t really something we want, we just tell ourselves it is because we think it is what we are supposed to want.
Now, being “mostly” mature, I find that I am coming from a place of wanting to leave a legacy. To feel that the world is a better place, because I was here. The desire comes from a place of wanting to help others have a better life. Having experienced a childhood of chaos I worked hard to give my own children a more secure life, I want to pass on what I have learned in my life. I want to help others see that if you take the time to learn about yourself (what makes you tick) that you can take all of the experiences of your past and make them into something wonderful.
I have a quilt in my bedroom that I made from old clothing and pieces of material that my mom had when she passed away. On the quilt I embroidered, sewed on lace, beads, buttons, and ribbons, and decorated it to remind me of the beauty that was my mom.
Everything I have made of my life is like that quilt. You take what you start with – and you make it beautiful by “dressing” it up, adding sparkle and color. You take who you really are inside and you make adjustments. Some parts of your personality may need some finishing touches, and some parts may need to be altered or cut away. The only way to know is to look at the design that the quilt is calling for and see where the material fits the design.
I would still have a sack of old clothes with scraps of material, if I hadn’t put into action the desire to make a memory quilt in honor of my mom. If I hadn’t decided to have a less chaotic life than I was raised with, I would have replicated that same life for myself and my children.
Now my desire is to leave a legacy behind that shows you that anyone can make a better life for themselves. It doesn’t take special talent or powers, it just takes action.