Saturday, September 16, 2006

The Legacy Of A Life Lived With Passion And Purpose

This last fortnight has seen some sad news for my fiance and I personally, as well as Australia and the world. Australia has lost some of our favourite sons on recent days and we mourn their passing. We have lost Steve Irwin, Peter Brock and old Eric.
Steve Irwin touched the lives of millions around the world with his passion and energy. He changed the way many thought of and their attitude towards wildlife and conservation. He changed the attitude of fear to one of respect for many dangerous and endangered species in the wild. He literally put his money where his mouth was, by spending huge sums of his personal wealth and royalties, on wildlife preservation and environmental preservation through his many and varied initiatives. He touched the lives of his family by being a devoted and loving father and husband.
Even though I never knew him personally, he also touched me through his passion and legacy. I was shocked and saddened at the news of his passing. He left such a great legacy because he lived with purpose and passion. He understood the secret to the meaning of life which so many seek. We are not here for ourselves, we are here to live with purpose and passion and leave a legacy of good for those we leave behind, even if our lives are shortened by a quirk of fate or destiny. None of us knows how long we have. We are never too young or too old to start living with purpose and passion to leave a legacy for those whose lives we've touched, directly or indirectly.
My fiance had news this week of the death of a great friend. An older Aboriginal man, named Eric, whose life had so dramatically affected the life of my fiance and that of Eric's own community that his legacy left an indelible mark on all those who had the privilege to be close to him in life. Crucially, before he died, my fiance had opportunity to express to Old Eric, how deeply touched he had been by him, and how much he had learnt from him, and most importantly, how much he cared for him. Michael did not realise it at the time, but in that last conversation he had with Old Eric, he was saying goodbye and thankyou. His one regret is that though separated by nearly 2000Km, Michael did not get to visit Eric as he had intended before Eric died. The busy-ness of job and life waylaid him and he never made it.

Often it's the things that we don't do or say in life that we regret. It is an important issue for us all to consider, our legacy, our purpose and our passion. What are we here for? Let's live our lives so that we don't have regrets. Say the important things to each other. Say thanks to the people who have touched our lives, taught us and loved us. Let's live life with passion and purpose, with grateful hearts that we are not alone in life. That life and love can touch us and teach us. Let's consider our legacy. What will we be remembered for? What footprint will we leave on this world and it's precious people and environment when we pass on?

Let life touch you. Live without regret. Define your purpose and live it with passion. Go for it.

yours positively