Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ruth Carlisle

For the last two years or so I have been trying to impress upon my clients at work that the spiritual life is what we do in our daily lives. When I say spiritual life I mean the way we express our beliefs. From how we treat the checker at the grocery store to how we speak to our children at home. This is the legacy we will leave behind us and the one that will live on long after we are gone. What we say we believe is one thing; the truth of what we believe is lived out.
This lesson was brought home to me this week in a concrete way. My Grandmother passed away Saturday and as we had the wake and funeral it was not the big achievements of her life that people spoke about; it was how my Grandmother treated the people in her life. Several times an individual would say something like Mrs. Ruth was not a person who was in the spotlight but she took the time to……. Although she helped to start the seminary in Uruguay those who knew her focused on the times she encouraged them or cared for their physical needs. Two people said that she had taught them about love by loving them and so they in turn could love other people. My Grandmother lived her beliefs; so she taught me that the legacy you leave is how you live your life every day, you may accomplish great things but what matters are the little things. Those are the things that will live after you through other people.