Making an Impact

Writing takes time & thought; at least it does for me. I recognize this little blog space of mine has been rather quiet the past number of months, but it is not for lack of writing, I assure you.

The truth is I have been writing elsewhere. Allow me to explain.

Last May, for my birthday/Mother’s Day, my son gifted me a subscription to a writing platform whereby each week, I am sent a question or a prompt to write about. Once the subscription is complete, those stories are compiled into a book which he will then have as a keepsake; a legacy of sorts, of my life stories & thoughts. It has been a very personal project, one that has taken my memory back to so many moments in time, one that has compelled me to give thought to what I choose to leave behind as my story.

Because these stories relate more to the relationship I share with my son & my family, I have chosen not to share them here on my blog.

However, a few weeks ago, this was the prompt sent to me:

What do you think is the meaning of life?

Holy mother of the universe!

Admittedly, this one took me some time to consider. It is a big question, one that I think we have all pondered from time to time.

Trust me, I am no expert in any way, shape, or form, and I certainly don’t have a definitive answer, but I did feel this prompt was worth sharing with all of you.

Have you ever given thought to this question? I am curious to hear your thoughts and would love to hear your answers in the comment section below.โค๏ธ

In the meantime, here are my musings.

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What do you think is the meaning of life?

I have given this one a tremendous amount of thought. So many times, we find ourselves asking the question or questions, as to what the meaning of life might be. What is this all for? What is the meaning of our existence? Why are we here?

For me, and so many of us I suspect, these questions seem very complicated & almost unanswerable. But because you asked, I was forced to really give this some thought! As I pondered the question, I ended up reframing it a bit & asked myself this question instead. At the end of my life, whenever that might be, what will have been important to me in my time spent on this earth?

The answer to that question, for me personally, is really quite simple. I hope that I will have left an impact. Leaving an impact may mean different things to different people but for me, leaving an impact means positively touching the lives of those I happen to have met along the journey of life.

It is, and always was I think, important to me to aspire to be a good human being. I know that sounds kind of corny, but I think it takes a tremendous amount of work, to be a good human. I had the very good fortune of being gifted a life that began with two good people teaching me the very basic principles in becoming a good human. They instilled in me a strong sense of core values & morals, as well as the importance of continued growth as a human. I grew up knowing the difference between right & wrong, I was encouraged to develop a keen understanding & empathy for others and above all else, I understood what it felt like to be loved. I hold tremendous value in being gifted this positive start in life for I can assure you, this is not the experience for all humans.

It is critical to me as a human being, to continue to grow & evolve as I age, to take my life experiences & use them in a positive light. What could possibly be more meaningful than knowing that you may have touched the life of another person and in doing so, left somewhat of an impact on them as a result?

In leaving an impact, I will have lived a full life. In living a full life, I will have honoured the life I was given. Those things combined, for me, define the meaning of life.

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I am ever so grateful for those of you who continue to visit my blog & read my sporadic posts. With May quickly approaching, I am hoping to get caught up on this very special gift, at which point, I hope to once again write in this space on a more regular basis.

In the meantime, with the rebirth of a new season, I wish you days filled with finding joy in the little things ever present around us.

Hugs,

L๐Ÿ’›

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45 Responses to Making an Impact

  1. Karen Mcboyle says:

    I do really love your posts!!! Iโ€™m extremely interested in the platform your son gave you. As I age Iโ€™ve been thinking what I could leave my girls as far as thoughts and life experiences. Can you let me know how to subscribe to the platform!!?? K

    • Lynn says:

      Karen, you have been such a wonderful cheerleader when it comes to my writing, thank you for that! The subscription is through Storyworth & I have no doubt, your girls would love to read your stories! Happy writing!๐Ÿ’•

  2. Deb PAtrick says:

    Beautiful post Lynn!

  3. Cheryl Marsh says:

    Amen!, like reflection for me too.
    Youโ€™re brilliant!
    Tx again,
    Hugs, C xo ๐Ÿ˜˜
    PS. Trust you had a nice Easter.

    Cheryl M.

  4. I love this. Would you mind sharing the name of the subscription that you have been using to write?

  5. Chris says:

    You have fulfilled the meaning of life Lynnโ€ฆyour positive impact on those of us fortunate enough to be called friend will be part of your legacy โ˜€๏ธ

  6. K.L. Hale says:

    This is beautiful! Iโ€™m so glad to know you in this space. Your answers show what a wonderful heart you have, too! What a gift! ๐Ÿ’›

  7. Jane Fritz says:

    Such a special gift from your son. And a beautiful answer to an overwhelming prompt.

    • Lynn says:

      Jane, it honestly took me awhile to find the words I wanted to convey for this one. It is a BIG question! Thank you so much for visiting!

  8. What a wonderful gift your son gave you… and the gift you give him – and the rest of your family – of the book containing your writings will be a priceless keepsake. I have missed your posts but can certainly understand why your attention was elsewhere.

    • Lynn says:

      Janis, he knows how much I enjoy writing & thought it was the perfect gift for me. It has taken a lot of work but it is something I hope, will be cherished in years to come, long after I am gone. Hope you are well!๐Ÿ’•

  9. restlessjo says:

    You may not venture here often, Lynn, but it’s always a worthwhile read and I’m happy to read your thoughts on life and our place in it. What a fine gift from your son! I can understand how absorbing it must have been to respond to the prompts. Enjoy the rest of Spring ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’Ÿ

    • Lynn says:

      Thank you so much my friend! It was a very special gift indeed, one that I hope will leave some sort of a picture for future family to have a bit of insight into who I was as a person.

      Believe it or not, we are actually getting snow here as I write this! I call bullshit! Send some of that beautiful warm sunshine weather our way please! ๐Ÿ’•

  10. Pam says:

    Great read! Be kind, be helpful, make a difference. Like you said – be a good human!

    • Lynn says:

      Thank you so much Pam! You summed up some pretty incredible attributes in being a good human. Thank you for visiting & for taking the time to comment.๐Ÿ’•

  11. Debbie Sauerteig says:

    What is the meaning of life?
    “Holy mother of the universe!” indeed!!!

    Your answer is very thought-provoking. Thank you for being so open to share it with us!

    My Mom has always maintained that the meaning of life is Love. I found this hard to believe in the midst of my parents’ divorce but now I think it is a wise answer.
    Love thyself. Love thy neighbour. Etc.
    My belief sets are somewhat different from my parents (as we all believe, right?) And yet I think Mom was right in this one.
    It goes hand-in-hand with your idea of having made a positive impact.
    Yours is love in action.
    I like that.
    Love,
    Debbie

    • Lynn says:

      Debbie, your comment is also very thought provoking. Thank you so much for contributing to the piece.

      It’s funny, because my first thought about the meaning of life was also, love. I would say that most things of importance in life all circle back to love. Although your parents divorced (as did mine), I am certain, there was never a question of love. We change & we grow, sometimes not always in the same direction, but that does not diminish the love we felt for someone.

      I love your line, yours is love in action. Thank you for that! L๐Ÿ’•

  12. Jane says:

    Wow! That is a deep question. Beautifully sanswered Lynn and I totally agree. You, my friend, have most certainly left a positive impact already on many lives. I’m sure you will continue to grow and make an impact on many lives yet. You’re known for your kindness and thoughtfulness and that always leaves a positive impact on those who know you. Such a beautiful keepsake for your family.

    • Lynn says:

      Thank you so much Jane! I feel so blessed to have such an amazing circle of friends & you are definitely one of them! So many wonderful memories shared together & hopefully many more to come! Love you gf!๐Ÿ’•

  13. Sue Slaght says:

    What a fabulous gift that you will be leaving for generations to come. Such a treasure. I think thatโ€™s fantastic that you have been writing all year. As to your meaning of life, leaving an impact on others seems like a true and genuine answer. I love it.

    • Lynn says:

      A treasure indeed Sue! It has been a lot of work but it has also been a really fun experience in taking a look back at so many parts of my life. Jay knows how much I love to write & thought it would be the perfect gift. I agree! Hope you & Dave & your family are all doing well!๐Ÿ’•

  14. Susie Lindau says:

    YAY! I agree with your meaning of life and leaving an impact. So cool that it will become a book!

  15. Ally Bean says:

    While I’m more than happy to see a blog post from you, WHAT A QUESTION! On a Tuesday morning, even. Here’s my simplistic answer: the meaning of life is to make connections, either people to people or people to ideas. Create community & understanding.

    • Lynn says:

      Right Ally!? I love your simplistic answer. It may sound simplistic but it covers such a spectrum of how to live a life! Thanks for visiting my friend๐Ÿ’•

  16. Ann Coleman says:

    What a lovely gift! My daughter gave me something similar last year, and after answering the questions, I now have a book filled with my answers. It’s fun! But I have to admit that your questions were better than mine….I kept getting things like “What was your first car?” I prefer the bigger questions, which allow us to contemplate the true meaning of life. And I’m always glad to see a new post of yours in my inbox!

    • Lynn says:

      Ann, I think there are a number of different books and platforms that offer this kind of thing. I do like that the one I am working on, is asking questions that not only tell my story, but also give a clear picture of who I am as a person. Lots of opportunity to include tidbits of advice and what some of my philosophies in life are. Thank you so much for your support! Like you, I always look forward to your posts

  17. Linda Raha says:

    What a beautiful gift your son gave you! Thank you for sharing your story here with us. It is amazing what answers we find to the questions posed to us. It is good to think about things deeply. We learn so much about ourselves when we keep a journal or simply write life reflections down from time to time. This was an amazing journey for you, and it will be an awesome treasure in book form.

    • Lynn says:

      I so agree Linda! I find myself reflecting much more as I age, giving thought to what really matters, & all of the things I wish I hadn’t spent so much time worrying about. If I can pass along just a wee bit of wisdom through this process, I will feel successful in everything I have written. A beautiful gift indeed! Thank you so much for your kind words & for visiting today.๐Ÿ’•

  18. Al says:

    Hi Lynn. Have missed you.

    This is exactly why I wrote and published my autobiography last year. It’s my legacy to my family and friends. It contains my insights on life as well as it’s most memorable experiences. Amazingly, it closely parallels your beautifully expressed thoughts. If I wasn’t so much older than you, I’d swear we were separated at birth.

    Welcome back.

    • Lynn says:

      I love that you published your autobiography Al! I have no doubt it was full of wonderful life stories & key advice. As you know, it has been a tremendous amount of work but something absolutely worth doing. Perhaps if we did an ancestor search, we would find some sort of a connection??? Hmmmm๐Ÿค”. Take good care my friend and as always, thanks for the love & support!

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