He put out a “Gone Writing” sign for the world to see. He had to set aside what was important for what was essential. He had books to write. 46 titles. He said that if he only wrote one book per year he’d be 115 when he finished. If he wrote three books per year he’d be 80.
He said the most valuable real estate on earth are cemeteries. Because of all the unfulfilled dreams buried therein: books never written, songs never sung, paintings never done, poems never penned, sculptures never shaped…
Alas for those who never sing,
But die with their music in them!
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
In other words, people go to their graves every day without releasing into this world what God placed in them to bless humanity.
Recent life threatening trials in my own life have awakened in me the need to seize the day. Every day. When your world is shaken to its core you see just how fragile life is and how vital not to waste valuable time. At the moment I have more songs to be released and at least 3 book titles. One finished, 2 titles to go. Possibly more, as new ideas emerge.
What Legacy Will You Leave Behind?
“Oh very young, what will you leave us this time
You're only dancin' on this earth for a short while…”
A few short years ago my youngest daughter and I discussed her new word of the day: “procrastinate.” Yesterday I found in a drawer a poem she wrote when she was very young.
I’ll pick up my room
Till it’s tidy and straight
I’ll eat cabbage and broccoli
And clean my plate
I’ll visit my next door neighbor
(who’s 82) and fetch her paper
I’ll grab my nature journal
And sit under the crepe myrtle
And be a Real Writer
Like … Beatrix Potter!
Hey wait – why don’t I
Just start today?
But back to the fellow with the 46 book titles to finish. I’ll ask you the same questions he asked me.
What dream is in your heart?
What do you really desire to do?
What’s holding you back?