The following may be little more than a rant,,,,but I wonder where we will be in the coming years?
The growing popularity of things like Twitter and Texting which necessarily limit messages to extremely short blasts could have a detrimental effect on the growth of knowledge and understanding. The great lessons in life cannot always be reduced (dumbed down) to 85 characters or less.
Having been and still somewhat afflicted with a mild form of ADD, I can understand what it means to have a short attention span. Growing up and in school I was much more likely to read the dust jacket of a book than that which lay inside, and in my later educational career was blessed for the invention of "Cliff Notes", both of which allowed me to skirt the work that required focused attention.
But now that I am older, and blessed with the gift of perspective that comes with age, I wonder if there could have been another way to have captured my attention and focused my energy.
Could it be that I am doing little more than engaging in some post-middle-age, regret filled musing or could there be an alternative to the track we are on?
LegacyStories.org and the Living Legacy Project are a possible answer to the fate that awaits our future generations. Perhaps as the frenetic lives of our young begin to mellow with age, and they have time to reflect,,,,and regret,,,,there could still be a way to find those longer form answers to all the questions they never thought to ask.
Life Lessons and Values do matter, but the problem has always been that the time for questions seldom jives with the availabilty of the answers. Like writing notes and tucking them away inside a book to be discovered later,,,by chance, LegacyStories is intended to make those stories of life and of the lessons learned in life easier to find.
The secret to the success of the Living Legacy Project could come to be discovered in that we took the initiative to ASK those questions while the answers were still available.
Today we find ourselves at the proverbial fork in the road, the one so eloquently described below. It is my fervent hope that the efforts of this mission and the work of our Legacy Advisors will prove that we chose the correct path.:
|Robert Frost (1874–1963). Mountain Interval. 1920.|
|The Road Not Taken|
It is my fervent hopeI
Your words are so powerful and show no signs of ADD. I think this story post will help a lot of people and I agree totally with your conclusions. Excellent!!
Bravo Dennis! The power of LegacyStories and your description of the mission of the Legacy Project continues to cause my thinking to be like yours. Oh that the efforts of asking the questions while there are answers and recording them is much more than the pen being mightier than the sword. I see Providence working with us in this very day and time and I do not believe in serendipity! The Law of the Harvest requires sowing the seeds, and nurturing and watering that the soil can bear fruit. The road less traveled is the one to take--- and that indeed makes all the difference. I have learned that the longer it takes for the harvest to come, the more abundant it will be! But toil we must. It takes decision and then effort, traveling one step at a time. BTW, as I have worked with many ADD students, the one thing that I have always recognized is that their level of intelligence has always been higher than the average person.
Golden, I truely appreciate your kind words and even more your sharing of the road that lay ahead. I believe that there is a story out there, waiting to be heard and preserved, that will make the difference for someone yet to be born and that that story will make the difference in not only their life but in the world at large. Since we cannot know which story that will be,,,,,,we must get all of them we can in the hope that is among those we caprture.
Dennis, I'm never quite sure about what kinds of stories will appeal to folks, so I go blindly along hoping that the ones I choose to write will have some impact to somebody, in some way. On the basis of the reactions to your story, I'll try to craft a suitable commentary that might be appropriate for Legacy Stories general readership. Thanks for the stimulus.