Thursday, October 25, 2012

Legacy

A legacy isn't just something that we leave behind. It is what we bequeath to the world before us, to the future ahead of us. What we do with our lives matters, and in making choices for ourselves, we also impact others. I believe that love itself is a legacy, and that is exactly what my students and I have been discussing lately, as we study Shakespeare's sonnets.

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
      If this be error and upon me proved,
     I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

One of my students was especially moved by the line, "Love's not Time's fool," and the thought that even after we die, the love that we have put out into the world lives on, influencing generations to come.  

She asked, "Why don't people think this way any more?", which brought us to a comparison between Shakespeare's words and the Beatles' song "The End":
and in the end the love you take 
is equal to the love you make
Interestingly, McCartney has claimed that when he penned these lines, he was inspired by Shakespeare.  

The concept of "legacy" is also at the heart of the following layout that I created for this month's "Scrap Vintage" feature on the Jenni Bowlin Studio Inspiration blog
There is a watch in my husband's family that is passed down to the eldest male in each generation. Recently it came into my husband's possession, and holding it in his hands, he was overwhelmed.  This timepiece is more than an object, more than an heirloom; it is a legacy that connects him to the past as well as to the future of his family. 

The layouts that we create as scrapbookers fulfill a similar function. They bridge past, present, and future.  They matter

3 comments:

  1. Great tonal layout - or is this what we call ombre?

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  2. I absolutely adore this page. So wonderful. A beautiful document.

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  3. I love everything you make but this is a favorite with the soft colors. Just stunning!

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