The late Mr Stephen R. Covey who wrote one of my most favourite books “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, spoke about leaving a legacy and he certainly did. Well, I do honestly believe that through my creative expressions on this blog and all the songs I have written from the heart, my legacy lies before me. My Sister’s children (my beautiful nieces and nephew) and their children and their children and so on can have access to all my writings here on this blog……and I trust that it will inspire them to lead a fulfilling life and inspire others along the way.
My journey is by no means over, I will be here for at least another 60 years because I want to be posting about my 100th birthday celebrations. 🙂 🙂 🙂 I just know now that at this moment in time if I were not to write another blog post or write another song, there is more than enough to go around. I feel very happy indeed with that thought, very happy indeed. This inspired my next poem below, lots of love to you today, Clarabelle.
If I Had To Go
If I had to go, don’t feel sad
Nothing is lost, nothing is bad
For I have left, a special prize Words of hope and surprise So others can learn, from my soul Expressions of life, to make them whole
My legacy is here and in my songs
This is where, my heart belongs
It will never surrender and always thrive
My creative writings, keep me alive
“Seek first to understand before being understood”, one of my most favorite quotes from the late, Mr Stephen R. Covey in his bestselling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I was recommended this book in 2007 by an Executive Coach in America and I remember when trying to read it for the first time, I didn’t understand it…..I just couldn’t get it, I guess I wasn’t ready for it at that time. Then, in 2009 I had this urge to try and read it again, so I did and I absolutely loved it. Second time around, I related to every single aspect of the book, I fully understood the principles within it and it was a life changing book for me. I use the impactful teachings from this book every day in my work and in my own journey towards personal mastery, but I don’t always get it right!!
“Seek first to understand before being understood”, is such a wonderful principle when put into practice but when emotions are running high it can be very difficult at times to adhere to it. I have put the principle into practice many times but yesterday got caught out and I immediately realised it, after the event!! You see, I allowed myself to react to my emotions rather than respond to the situation, which led me to putting my reply across in the wrong way. I was wrong and I admit I was wrong….so a meaningful “sorry” from me followed straight afterwards. I know if I had applied the principle effectively, I would have been having a different conversation with the person in hand and thus possibly a more successful outcome that supported the relationship and not damaged it. Lesson learned, massive lesson learned. We can learn from others mistakes too, not just our own.
I wanted to share the above with you today because I feel if you apply this principle in your life, it will most definitely strengthen your relationships with other people and you just never know what positive outcomes that may lead to, now and in the future.
Also, is there a book that you need to go back to reading, it could just change your life you know!!
Faith for me is knowing that the unknown is going to be okay. It is knowing that what you believed as a child would come true for you, will come true for you. Never giving up on a childlike faith, is such a beautiful thing. It is such a deep knowing and offers the deepest connection to your soul. I have managed to recapture that childlike faith and it brings much love and peace to my heart. May your heart be filled with patience and understanding that all is going to be okay for you. Much love to you Clarabelle.