With so many demands on family life these days, ‘family’ no longer means the same as it did 100 years ago. What is your family legacy?
Mention family and it immediately can raise nitiate various reactions in people. For some, it brings back memories of hurt, shouting, anger. For others, it conjours up memories of fun times, playing with siblings and parents, and of mealtimes around the table.
The typical family of Dad, Mum and 2.4 children is no longer the norm. Divorce rates are higher than they have ever been, and ‘second’ families are more and more common. Yet, whatever family set up you come from, your family will have cast a legacy.
Definition of legacy:
- Noun – an amount of money left to someone in a will.
- Synonyms – heritage, bequest, inheritance, patrimony
- something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past legacy of the ancient philosophers (www.merriam-webster.com)
I have been fortunate. Both sets of grandparents remained married for over 40 years together, until death. It was, literally, ’till death do us part.’ My parents were the same. In March this year, I celebrated 27 years of marriage to my husband Steve. We are no longer the norm!!! I am hoping that this legacy of healthy and long marriages continues.
For others, your family generations may not have passed down a legacy that you are proud of. You may be a child of alcoholic parents and grandparents, and your family legacy could be far from positive. But look more closely. In the middle of all this, there could be a something, hidden, that you can proudly call your family legacy.
So, using the definition above, or your interpretation, I ask you again:
What is the most significant legacy of your family?
And if you could, would there be anything that you would change?
If so, how would you go about changing it to create a new family legacy?
Challenging question perhaps, but I’m looking forward to hearing your responses. Comment below, and I promise to read and answer every comment that you make.