Attribute: (n) a quality or feature regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of someone or something.
Marley had been dead for 7 years, and the only two things said about him came from Ebenezer Scrooge, who proclaimed him “a good man of business,” and others, who surmised that he was a cheap son-of-a-bitch.
Even though I recognize the value of leaving behind a history of my thoughts and feelings by writing and creating, in 30 years I will be judged by a single attribute.
What did I do to make other people’s lives easier?
If you’re of the mindset which contends that you’re on the planet to defend righteousness, or on the other side of the scales, to “eat, drink and be merry,” you may be sadly disappointed by the legacy you leave behind–because forced righteousness makes humans miserable and a philosophy of open-ended vice creates its own vacuum of angst.
What have I done this week to make people’s lives simpler, more gentle–shoot–more possible?
Being grouchy, picky, anal, selfish, giggly, scatter-brained or invisible really are not attributes, but instead, human vices we wink at, assuming that the person tied to them is basically useless to us.
- Are you finding problems and solving them or just discussing them, or perhaps making them worse?
- Are you bringing good cheer to situations of tension, or a can of gasoline to a forest fire?
- Are you believing for the best, or joining those who chase conspiracies, insisting they’re not theories?
For what will I be known?
When it’s all said and done, and clichés like “when it’s all said and done” have been abandoned, I will probably be known for the silliness I brought to others.
They might actually read some of my works because they desire to possess such a gypsy joy, but it will be my attribute of child-like appreciation which draws them to my compositions.
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