Legacy of a legend

“There’s a difference between us. You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. And I go to make sure that they have it.” William Wallace

The movie Braveheart is one of my favorite movies of all time. William Wallace embodies what most boys growing up aspire to be. When he was faced with his lovers death he avenged her. He inspired the people of Scotland to take back their freedom. Stole the heart of the princess and when face with death he didn’t cave on his beliefs.

The best picture of Wallace’s impact was in contrast to Earl the Bruce. This was a man in title and deed was to be a leader. He had been handed the right to lead the “Sons of Scotland” from birth. However when faced with the chance to stand up and ride along side Wallace he caves. Time after time.

The coolest part of Wallace’s Legacy and Story (other than his face paint) was in the final scene Earl the Bruce “man’s up” and fulfills his role. The Bruce leads the charge for Scotland. Wallace (a peasant) inspires not only the peasants around him but the noble blooded Bruce. I know that the legend of William Wallace is probably far distant than the true story. I know it was just a movie. The message however is real.

Through your gifts today you can mold a Legacy. Wallace had a gift to rise to the occasion and inspire. You can inspire those around. Your kids, co-workers and family. Maybe wearing face paint and screaming freedom down the halls of your job would be frowned upon. If not then you my friend have the coolest job ever. I am willing to bet though that most employers wouldn’t mind you teaching others your skills. Making peoples lives better. Showing people joy and happiness.

We all have gifts…. How you use yours will be your Legacy

You ask yourself, ‘What do you want your legacy to be?’ I’m content at this point to say, ‘Those who follow me.’- Bill Parcells

Thank you and come back

Whats behind that Fence?

            Near my grandparents house was a fenced off area that had a posting                                        “NO TRESPASSING VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED”.                                                                                                                                                                                      As a child I am not sure if I even knew what that meant. I do know my grandpa would tell me never to go out there.  There was a certain level of exhilaration my friends and I would experience when crawling into that “forbidden land”. I am still not sure what was out there that was so forbidden. It was just hills, dirt, and cactus. There was a road that a truck would drive on sometimes that would cause even more exhilaration. There were also rumors among the neighborhood kids of flesh eating pigs and mountain lions. All this unknown made it quite an adventure.

As all of us would grow up we would stop going over there. There was no longer a sense of adventure. The child like faith of finding something never before seen dwindled. The Fear was gone.

My entire childhood was spent being corralled. Ask any of my teacher’s and they could tell you I was a problem. “sit down” “be quiet” “raise your hand” “no chewing gum”. I think my entire 8th grade year was spent in detention.

What I learned was to obey and to conform and to be brought under authority. All great lessons for someone to learn. I also learned that thinking outside of the box, being unique, and disrupting the status quo were to be corralled.

Now I am not condoning living a life that is lawless or ditching your responsibilities. I am however challenging you to think out side your box. I wonder today how much we miss out on as adults by following the posted signs. We travel through life with such restraint to try new things. We live in boxes sometimes. We live for security. We don’t chew gum. We don’t stand up. We absolutely won’t disrupt our status quo. In fact we fight to protect it.

Now think about some of your hero’s. Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King, George Washington, Lincoln….(insert famous rich person here)

What if they were quiet? What if they stayed in their box? What if they never looked into the forbidden realm behind that fence? I believe that many of us possess the same box crushing gifts that these men/women did. We just have to unleash them.

If my friends and I would have followed instructions we might still today not know what was beyond that fence.

I wonder what my generation could do if we looked behind. What is behind the fence that you have built? What’s behind that sign you have posted?

Don’t be afraid to discover you gifts and use them

Thank you and come back.