Old Photographs

Looking back at old photographs, it can be striking how many people lived their lives and made the choices they made, so that we could be here to live the life we have. Two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, sixteen great-great-grandparents; it is not long before you realise that hundreds, thousands of people–your ancestors–fought, strived, and made the precise choices that lead eventually to your birth.

And this is merely the genetics of the matter. When it comes to those who have inspired us with their wisdom, thrilled us with their stories, compelled us to make decisions of our own, and helped us to feel loved and cherished along the way; these people are also the an essential part of the intricate web of connections that help to sculpt this life.

They are your heritage and their gift to you is their legacy. Your legacy is just as important to those who are a little less along the path as you, or have yet to be born. The way they shape their life, the choices they make, and the achievements they fulfil may be directly related to what you do in this moment right now. So, when you you stop and think about what you are doing with your life, and the effect it could have on many others, what would you do in this moment to create a legacy that truly makes a difference to those who face the same challenges and feel as you do?

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