How wealthy are you? Will you pass it on?

If you come to this blog grieving, mourning the loss of someone dear, consider the words of Cesar Chavez “True wealth is not measured in money or status or power. It is measured in the legacy we leave behind for those we love and those we inspire.” [1]

As you mourn, what treasures, what “true wealth” do you find in the legacy of your loved one? How wealthy are you? What strength of character, what virtues and values, what hope for the future is part of the legacy left to you? Even the darkest parts of the legacy, powerful memories you wish you didn’t have, may be balanced by the light that is in you—the beginning of the legacy you will leave to others, the inspiration you will become for others. The brightest parts of the legacy, with your help, will shine even brighter.

As we grieve, as we consider our own mortality, we have the opportunity (if we’ll take it) to live with great purpose. Inspire those closest to you and those you have barely met by what you say and do. Add to the legacy you have received. May those who will one day eulogize you consider themselves very wealthy indeed.

The peace and the power of the presence of the risen Lord be upon you and remain with you always.

[1]  Eulogy for Rufino Contreras, Calexico, CA, Feb. 14, 1979 quoted on 21 Sep 2011

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