Become A Legacy-Maker In 2017

Season’s Greetings,
As the holiday festivities are in full swing and capture our attention, I trust that you are finding time to spend with family and friends or at least reminisce about thechristmas-hearth best memories from your past.  These experiences are the substance of what makes you who you are today.
Growing up in the southern United States, the holidays bring back fond memories of Christmas at my grandparents’ home.  They were two of the hardest working, strongest loving, unconditionally accepting, and giving people I know.  They were a
breath of fresh air in a childhood that was somewhat tumultuous.  They were my safe haven.
My grandmother was a spitfire, redheaded Irish woman with a zeal for speaking what was on her mind under most any circumstance.  She was also a master chef, and had she lived in our current time, there’s no doubt in my mind that she would have had her own cooking show on the Food Network.  Her food was decadent from the main course to the dessert table and there was plenty of it… usually enough to feed a small army.  I’m totally serious when I tell you this… At Christmas, she literally made 25-30 desserts… enough to fill a Viennese Table at an Italian wedding.  That woman was amazing!
And my grandfather… well, he was a man’s man… a World War II vet with the debonair swagger of that generation. A Cary Grant-esque kind of fella.  He loved life and loved his grandkids even more.  His nickname for me was “BB.” I was his faithful sidekick.  Wherever he went, I went.  I never left his side.  He had an 8th grade education but was one of the most successful business owners I’ve ever known.  He was wise beyond all belief and could tell a story like no other.  His biggest vice was his insatiable craving for sweats… so Christmas was one of his most favorite times of year.  And, did I mention that my grandmother was a good cook?
I miss them greatly.  There’s hardly a day that goes by that I don’t think fondly of them, and this time of year brings back those memories and the longing for them even stronger.
I see fingerprints of my grandparents in my life and in my children’s lives.  It’s uncanny the amount of influence they had on me and, the older I get, the more I realize it.  My grandparents were legacy-makers.  They left their indelible mark on mlegacy-imagey life… a mark that I will pass to the next generation.
When it comes to relationships, I know the holidays can be painful for some people, but I also know that the universe compensates for pain in peoples’ lives.  The universe sends mentors and guides in multiple forms… a best friend… a teacher… a coach… an aunt… an uncle… a co-worker… a boss… or even grandparents.
The best gift you can give yourself this holiday season is to remember the legacy that someone has given you.  There is a legacy-maker in your life, I’m certain of it.  Sure, it may take a little thought, but there’s one in your life somewhere.  I hope you are able to take a moment during this busy holiday season to give thanks for those who poured into your life.
Lastly, as we move toward 2017, I hope you will begin to look outside of yourself and begin to think of yourself as a legacy-maker.  Model yourself after those who have poured into your life if you have to.  Look around your life for those whom you may be able to pour into.
To a peaceful and blessed holiday week,
Brian G. Brown

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