I have been introspective of late, searching for my own reasoning behind the things I do and the things I want to accomplish. I once read that you should order you life with the constant thought that today I am writing how I want people to remember me. If today were my last day, what would people have to say about me at my funeral? Would it be positive or negative? Never mind what I spent my life pursuing as a career, would people be sorry that I was gone? Like Sydney Cotton said in A Tale of Two Cities (for this you must image Ronald Colman's luscious voice), “If you looked back on that long life and found that you had earned neither gratitude or respect of any living person, twould be a better reflection, wouldn’t it?” Most certainly.
I think this above anything else, has shaped how I want to live my life. I want to create, yes, but also I want to inspire and encourage others to do the same. To fulfill their potential, to live a happy and creative life. To be a positive influence for the uplifting of my fellow man (and woman). To make the world a better place. I want mostly to be the person they say about, she was so positive that she couldn’t find a negative thing to say about anyone. Sadly, I’m not there yet. But I will be someday. I want my art to inspire, my words to encourage, and my smile to be contagious. As Brooke Shaden said recently, “Have enough courage to encourage; have enough strength to support.” Words to live by.
What do you want to be remembered for? I am so tired of reading all the negativity floating about on Twitter and Facebook. People can’t stop finding fault with politicians, governments, and different races, even their own family members. Isn’t it time to start finding the good in people? Have we forgotten Pollyanna? Or has Pollyanna gotten to be a bad word? I for one, don’t mind being called a Pollyanna? Finding good in everyone is a very lofty goal.