What if we scatter?

Possessions. Awards. Photographs. Experiences. Stories. Books. Money…….
We gather them. Hoard them even.
“These are what define me,” I might say.
“Without them there can be no ‘me’ or ‘you'”, you add.
So on we go gathering, until there’s no space left.
We either learn to give them up
Or time wrecks them – until they are useless,
Or we lose them completely.
Sometimes we die leaving these ‘dead legacies’
Burdening other people with the stuff we’ve gathered.
That’s no way to be remembered.
That’s no testament of the value of your life.

What if, instead of gathering, we scatter
What if we did not hold on
But let go, allowing other people to enjoy
Allowing other people to borrow and even keep
Letting them in on our stories
Sharing our experiences
Giving away our smiles
Wouldn’t our lives be richer
More meaningful
Won’t we leave this world a better place
For our scattering?

So let’s scatter peace
In a world yearning for it
Let’s spread joy
Among those who need it
Let’s bring laughter
To those who could do with some
Scatter smiles
Make happy memories for others
Tell your stories to bring hope
Share your experiences to increase knowledge
Let’s leave a legacy of kindness.

It is not what you gather, but what you scatter, that tells what kind of life you have lived. – Anonymous


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