When looking at all of the amazing artifacts dating hundreds of years old, I have been thinking about what will I leave behind once this life is over. Do we leave behind things that people flock to or do we leave behind things that people run away from? Do we leave behind a blessing or a curse?
Statues of Gods and Goddesses, relics and stories handed down by mouth alone are all things that I am learning about in the cultural richness of this great country of India. History is something that the people here are surrounded by constantly. I am often asked why my fascination leads me to take numerous pictures of such ordinary things that the Indian people treat as common as a park bench. Perhaps, this is what we do with things in our own lives.
When was the last time you looked at your mother and/or father and looked at them as people who wanted to leave a legacy alive inside of you? Have you ever looked at the things that you have collected and wondered, or even appreciated, why you collected them in the first place? Can you hear, smell or touch the exact moment when you found the item? What was the memory that you attached to it?
We leave behind words, waste or emotions all the time and never think about it? In other words, we are not present to our own presence. When we leave these things behind with intention -both, positive and, unfortunately, negative, we are then an effective human being. Are we someone that people are happy that you are coming? Or, are we someone that people are excited to see you go?
Negative things can be a blessing and positive things can be a curse. Which one do you choose?