Tuesday, 24 November 2015

A Quote About Legacy

Read this and it struck a cord with me:


“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you're there. 

It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.” 

Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451

16 comments:

  1. Well nobody's going to forget about you Kev! Apart from all the work you've done around your place, and looking after your girls, your blog will be hanging in the ether forever after. You're ingrained in all our memories!

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    1. Oh dear! sorry for being ingrained! You'll soon forget don't worry!

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  2. excellent quote, really rings true for us and the post we did yesterday. Spot on Kev, thank you.
    All the Best
    Fast-SoS
    www.fast-sos.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. to be honest it almost brought me to tears as I read it.

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  3. so true, when my dad passed away we found out about a woodland he had planted up as a young man with his brother and and father that is were his ashes are scattered he had returned there every time one of his childen were born and carved our names into trees, I never saw my husband cry so much, I can always look around and see my mother or father there around me in my children :-)

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    1. That's a lovely story dawn, what a wonderful thing to leave behind.
      Children sometime do soemthign that reminds us so much of grandparents or parents you have to do a double take.

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  4. No point on being on this planet if you don't leave something positive behind... It's the least we can do to show our appreciation to Mother Earth.

    Love Dawn's story about her dad.

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    1. Try to leave it better than you found it.

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    1. Alas it wasn't mind but it is a lovely quote.

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  6. I keep a list. It's going to be a real bad day for some people if I ever find out I have terminal cancer. Never leave any scores unpaid, that'll be my legacy.

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    1. A different take on it! Remind me not to upset you Harry!

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  7. As a painter I do hope that some of my work survives. Otherwise my legacy will be my 'tower' that I built a few years back.

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    1. I'm sure you're work will but so will your children and grandchildren and what they create.

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  8. Leave the land better than you found it. Amen.

    Thanks for sharing that Kev.

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    1. No worries, like I said it struck a cord with me.

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