What is Your Legacy?

A couple months ago my friend suffered a massive cardiac event (read: heart attack). They had to cancel his wedding, move him up north, and put him in rehab where they will try and fill the massive gaps in his memory.

He is 26. When they heard, his small town community exploded with love and money and prayer after the catastrophe. People who didn’t know him followed his progress online. The movie theater put up a sign asking for prayers.

Earlier this year, one of my best friends in the world lost her younger brother to leukemia. After fighting the battle four years, he became too tired to carry on.

He was 17. We barely found a church big enough for the memorial service.

I have another friend — an addict, a manipulator, a downright venomous person on the worst days. Barely tolerable on the best ones.

He is now in his 30s. Unless something changes, we will have to lie at his funeral.

Death and disease do not diminish who you are. They amplify who you are. In tragedy, words fall flat. Emotions remain. How do you make people feel?

When I went to write my post for today, I planned to write about creativity. I wanted to rag on corporate America or spin some other narrative which fits a little better in the brand I’m trying to build and the book I’d love you to buy. I thought about a list of useful resources which I could build into an evergreen post, no doubt pulling in lots of traffic for months to come.

But that’s not what’s on my heart right now.

If I die tomorrow, I do not want to be known as a Todd Brison the guru. I do not want to be known as Todd Brison the pundit. I do not want to be known as Todd Brison the brand. I honestly do not even want to be known as Todd Brison the writer.

I want to be known as Todd Brison the person. A real one.

What do you want to be known as?

One exercise I’ve done to keep me human, to keep things in perspective, is something I call Micro Journaling. You can read about it right here.

— TB

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