Recently, I received a letter that was given to my dad regarding my grandpa. The letter was from a women that knew my grandfather, when she was a young girl. She moved into a rental farm house, that my he owned, from the BIG city.
She wanted to be clear how he impacted her life.
She described him as friendly, with a contagious smile and bright eyes. He taught her how to behave in a barn, how to feed the cows, and how to handle the bails of hay. She described the relationship that my grandpa had with the cows. How they came running when he came in and how she sensed that the cows knew him.
After her first day at the barn, she was hooked.
She went to the barn every day to help with the cows and the additional animals that my grandpa gave to her family. One animal in particular was a pig, that she had named, Rusty. Grandpa told her that she shouldn't name the pig. She remembers asking him why and he told her, with much sincerity, that he was an old pig and may not be here much longer.
She now knows the reason why.
She went on to say that my grandpa took her to so many events, and introduced her to many people. He taught her how to care for others, animals and people the same. He made her feel important and taught her life lessons that live with her today. Her memories of that farm house, the animals and my grandpa, are her favorite memories of her childhood.
She wrote this letter, "way to late," she says.
It has been a few years since my grandfather has passed away, but she wanted the family to know the impact he made on her life. She thought it was important to let others know how they or a loved one impacted some one's life.
I share this story with you, because of the impact it had on me. Not only because it was a wonderful picture of my grandpa, but more importantly, the legacy he left on this world. He was a force of nature, a person that you never forget. He was who he was, and by doing so, left his mark on this world. His authenticity poured out of him.
So I ask you:
- What legacy do you want to leave on this world?
- Are you being true to yourself?
- What truth needs to be spoken?
- What gift do you want to offer this world?
- What do you need to say, "No" to or need to toss out, in order for your authentic self to shine?
Each one of us has the ability to make a strong impact on another person's life. When we are true to who we are, that impact happens without effort, without knowledge that it is even happening. An impact that is so deep, so empowering, so life changing! Imagine the possibilities that would exist in a world where each of us were true to our true self, and by doing so allowed others to be true to themselves!
So I thank you Grandpa, aka, Poo-Poo!
I thank you for the gifts you have taught me, and the gifts you have given to others. I thank you for your legacy and lessons that I can pass on to others, and for the permission to pass on my own legacy and lessons. Pass it on….