Words on Wood

There are two plaques sitting on a table in my living room. Both were sent by my daughters and await a spot on the wall — when I decide which wall. Until last week, they served as hard table top on a makeshift box end table and a laptop stand while working. Long story, not particularly interesting … just another example of my penchant for procrastination.

The first is a little whimsical albeit still delivering a message. “MOTTO TO LIVE BY: Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming “WOO HOO, what a ride!”

I think that will go on the short wall separating my living room with the kitchen as a reminder during my many trips through the portal.

That is a motto I try to embody. We can live safe, neat lives … or we can LIVE.  I’m not suggesting abusing life, but I do suggest living … with chocolately hands and a good merlot, aching back from  bending down to smell the roses, with six digits — cumulatively seven digits — on the odometer, sharing in the complexities of life, visiting with family and friends, embracing our experiences while welcoming each new adventure, too tired to go on because of zest for life and not because we played it safe. I would like my last words to echo the last phrase — “Woo Hoo, what a ride!”

The second plaque is a lot deeper. It says, “You have changed the world because YOU have TOUCHED our lives.”

I think that will be placed on the wall adjacent to the front door as a daily reminder of a goal, a legacy, if you will, my legacy.

I don’t profess to have changed the world, but I do hope, in some small measure, my words and actions will touch lives positively.

One of the issues I’ve been facing is the legacy I will leave behind. I like to think it will be positive, as reflected in my writing and outreach. Whenever I pen a blog post … or share a message on social media as I do daily … or offer messages of hope {and sometimes with sarcastic humor} to family and friends, I try to focus on the positives and encourage all to look Up. I try to be the conduit and soften hearts to be receptive to the love of the God I know.

Don’t read anything into this post or between the lines, but the adventures of the past year have focused on my mortality. I am hopeful there will be many more years of blogging and sharing, but I’m also cognizant, as a septuagenarian, there is more sand in the bottom of the hourglass than on the top. And only the One who knows how many granules are left is my Lord.

I hope to be sharing my thoughts and my faith for many moons to come, but my heart beats to a little happier rhythm knowing my legacy doesn’t have an expiration date. It will live forever through my children and their children and their children’s children and my friends and their friends and their friends’ friends.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit. — E.E. Cummings

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I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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4 Responses to Words on Wood

  1. Lisa M. Boyd says:

    I hope to be sharing my thoughts and my faith for many moons to come, but my heart beats to a little happier rhythm knowing my legacy doesn’t have an expiration date. I love that! What a beautiful share. I first I was thinking it kind of morbid, but I get what your saying about the hourglass. We only get so many years of this life, and our Lord only knows how many exactly. I really enjoyed this share! 💜 Blessings Lisa


  2. Bruce says:

    I’m aware of my mortality, but I have a feeling I’ll still be here for awhile. Having had a NDE years ago, I know that physical death is not the end. It’s commonly referred to as the afterlife, but in actually, it’s a continuation of our present existence. Minus our physical bodies. When I exited my body, it seemed I was some sort of energy and I was pure mind. It was very calm and peaceful.
    I’m not concerned about my legacy, because when the time comes, I will leave my human body behind, and my spirit will be free. There will be so many new things to learn. So many new adventures to explore. So many new horizons. No reason to write my legacy, because I’ll be just beginning my new stage of life.


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