27 Jan What we leave behind
Years ago while traveling in Wales, I visited Tintern Abbey. It is one of the most picturesque ruins I’ve ever explored. Worn stone walls and columns remain standing, with empty gothic windows that stare blindly into the past. The bright green of the grassy floors under the blue vaulted sky ceiling had a surreal and magical effect.
Wordsworth was moved to poetry while overlooking this same place and I could understand why. The place inspired him to think of his life and loved ones.
There is something beautiful, triumphant and sad about seeing nature reclaim our mark on the earth.
Life really is fleeting. One of the reasons I majored in Archaeology for a time was my fascination with how people live–in the past and present. And what we leave behind says so much about who we are and what was most important to us.
Ruins are always a reminder to me that we shouldn’t waste our time here–that we need to make our time count. I want to leave more than “stuff” behind. I want to leave good stories, love and to leave a positive mark on people.
If that’s all I leave behind, I’ll consider myself a success.