When I was a young boy I dreamt of being a sports broadcaster. I loved sports. During the summer I read the box score of every major league baseball game. I knew the averages of just about every player and the ERA’s of most every pitcher, especially from my beloved hometown team, the Minnesota Twins. I used to play a board game called Sports Illustrated Baseball just so I could record the stats from the completed games and update them regularly. It should be no surprise when I look back years later and recall that I went to a technical school to be a broadcaster and, when that didn’t work out I returned to school at the University of Minnesota to attain my Bachelor of Science degree in Business with an Accounting degree. Though there were aspects of the accounting profession that didn’t agree with me or I with them, I had an aptitude for math as was evidenced by my early fascination with statistics. But, I was far more interested in them when they were coupled with a sports team than a business entity.
What does all that have to do with leaving your legacy? Well, those are some things that make up who we are today. Our interests, passions and activities as a child, teen, adolescent and into our adult years have shaped who our family sees today. Unfortunately (or fortunately) our family doesn’t really know much about our past, typically. But, it is the past that for good or bad has a strong influence on the men and women we are today. Last Sunday on 60 Minutes, they did a story on Major League Baseball’s, R. A. Dickey. He’s the only knuckleballer currently tossing baseballs toward home plate in the major leagues. He’s had some great success the last few years. But, it was his ability to deal with some demons in his past that helped him in his career and, more importantly at home. It helped his family understand some of the issues he was facing as a man, a husband and a father.
We all have a story. Some of it is painful to recall. Most of the pieces of our life story are innocuous but, like my youthful days of reading the box scores and pursuing a related career some years later, they play a role in how we are shaped. And, it’s those pieces that we get to share with our children through the process of recording them as part of this project. We’ve had 6 weeks of responding to 3-4 questions and, hopefully, you’ve had a chance to stay up with it. But, remember as we say every week, it isn’t imperative that you stay current. Do what you can. In the end, this journal will be a representation to your kids of many of the pieces of your story that you may never get a chance to tell them otherwise. I hope you are finding this beneficial. If so, leave me a written comment below or click on the SEND VOICEMAIL red tab to the right and leave me a voice mail with how this project has impacted you so far. Staying current isn’t the big thing. Just getting something on paper is. Here are this week’s questions for you to answer and put into your journal (if you are finding this for the first time you have a couple of options—go to our first post and work forward from there. Or, just start today and when you are done, add in the questions from the beginning to the end of your journal. There is no sequential significance to these questions. In other words, they aren’t tied to chronology or certain periods of your life per se. So,you can pick it up anytime and just make that your starting point):
- During your childhood, who was your best friend? Share some of your fondest memories of fun times together.
- Did you ever keep a scrapbook of photos, autographs, or memories of special occasions? Describe what this meant to you.
- What is your favorite memory of your mother? Why is it so special to you? If your mother wasn’t around for your youth, then share a memory from a mother figure (grandmother, aunt, etc.).
Another week of completing your life journey in a journal. These are questions being taken out of the book, A Father’s Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words.
Have a great week and we’ll have the last questions for April next week!