When considering what legacy to leave behind, it is sometimes useful to watch what legacy your friends and own family are leaving behind.
For a clue as to what is really valuable, think about the glue that holds these people in your life.
Is it your religion. Or that you all like to garden, or volunteer.
The themes that run through your closest relationships indicate what your values are.
They also point to what would be valuable to those you care the most about in your life.
And therefore these values can provide a foundation for determining what to centre your legacy around. And for who would benefit from it.
It’s the end of the year. December already. How did that happen?
Well, this year, I’ve started the Blog and climbed a part of my own personal Everest.
This has involved several events.
I’ve been lucky enough to have changed positions within the Charity I work for, have some training coming up for another casual position I’ve picked up (I work part time at my primary job) and I even have an idea of what I’d like to achieve in 2019.
Presents have been wrapped and are underneath the Christmas tree. And this weekend my Christmas gift to myself is the neatest and best presented house in the neighborhood.
Life is good.
Are you organised for the Christmas season?
What’s your gift to yourself this Christmas?
Once a year, during the Silly Season, all my cousins descend upon a little house near Leichhardt.
We discuss topics of conversation that would make our respective Aunt and Uncle’s ears burn.
We bond, in ways that elude us outside this event, and we share all sorts of family memories, and tales.
Christmas, to me, is about these events. It’s about family and good company and good food.
Pork is a tradition, as are salads and soft drink. Although as the younger ones mature, we’re steadily adilyky turning to good wines and beer.
When Nanna passed away, it was decided that we had to remember that the extended family was important. Us cousins, being the next generation, were in a position, where we could take the lead.
And so we have.
It’s small. One event each year. But it’s big too. It keeps us all in contact and keeps the good memories rolling.
May you all enjoy family, in whatever way you can. And understand that, to those of you without cousins like mine, there are plenty of Churches and Charities that form temporary families, on Christmas Day.