My brand new book called “Rare, Medium, or Done Well—Making the Most of Your Life” is not a political book. It’s an inspirational faith book and would work beautifully for individual study or for small groups and has discussion questions at the end of each short chapter. It’s about stopping long enough to step back and think about what’s important—not urgent, but truly important in life. We often are so busy doing the immediate that we miss focusing on the ultimate. If we live solely for success in THIS world and fail to prepare for the life that comes after we exit, we not lived very wisely. We need to leave a legacy, not just loot for our children and grandchildren. What kind of legacy? Well that’s what the book outlines—a legacy of honesty, love of God, commitment to family, hard work, generosity, a sense of humor and a positive attitude toward life. Those are among many attributes that will live beyond our lifetime.
During Thanksgiving week, I unexpectedly experienced a little slice of the legacy I’ll leave behind and you’ll never believe where and how I experienced it. Janet and I took our 3 adult children and our 6 grandchildren to Disney World for a week. Yep…one of the busiest weeks of the year there—so busy that one of the days the park hit capacity and they stopped selling tickets. Even Mickey couldn’t take any more! And it was beyond exhausting. My Apple watch said I walked about 8 miles a day, and stood on my feet for 12-13 hours a day. Keep in mind that my 6 grandkids range in age from 7 down to one year old. As my wife says, “there’s a reason God gives babies to younger women.” I’ve never ridden so many roller coasters in a week, met so many cartoon characters, or took so many photos of princesses. And in addition to the sheer physical toll on my aging body from chasing tykes around the world’s largest amusement park, I think I might have to sell a kidney to pay for it. But when I look at the photos I have from the week watching the one year old hug Mickey Mouse, or the unbridled joy on the face of my two granddaughters when they got to dress up like princesses and meet characters they’ve watched in the movies, or the laughter caught on video when the 7 year old took on the 5 year old and 3 year old in a sword fight that spoil-sport Papaw had to intervene and stop, I sit with a silly grin on my face. I fully believe that long after I’m gone they will remember our time together. I hope they’ll relish it half as much as me. And sure, maybe I could have sent one of them to college for what it cost to give them that experience, but to see them enjoy a week of reckless abandon to adventure, learning, and simple fun was great for them, but worth every penny to ME. Sure, I hope to leave them some funds for college, but I realized that I left them-and me-something too valuable to put a price on—TIME--time together to love, laugh, and live large with an overgrown rodent with massive ears who just turned 90 years old this year. If you live a “Rare” life, you never really lived; a “Medium” life? One that wasn’t bad, but not that good. But a life “Done Well” is a life that will keep living beyond your lifetime. I knew it was a good book, but after realizing I lived it, I decided it’s a great book! And who knew that a mouse would drive home its message!