What will you leave?
Think about what is in your desk, your car, your bedroom and bathroom, and your office. Now think about someone going through all that stuff of yours. Is there anything you don’t want seen? What will someone think when they see it?
Imagine if you never walked into your office or house again, what would be found? What would be found in your wallet or purse? Your bedside table? Your car? Your desk? I’m not sure, but I think that the things we leave behind, the things we leave because we had no warning or choice in the matter, will probably speak volumes about us.
The things we leave behind
1) Keys (those that fit something and those that no longer do – and haven’t for years)
2) Wallet or purse – what is in your wallet right now, or your purse? An old love note? A faded picture? Credit card receipts? Phone numbers? Directions to a forgotten place? Pictures? Business cards?
3) Books – what books are you leaving? Are they trashy novels? Good novels? Biographies? Travel books? What did you read and what is the evidence of it? Or, perhaps the worst thing, aren’t you leaving any books at all?
4) Toiletries – what is in your bathroom cabinet, drawer, or shelf? A cologne or perfume? Makeup? A deodorant? Does the toothpaste tube still have the imprint from your fingers? How about medicines? What medicines must be tossed now that they’re no longer needed?
5) Clothes – what clothes do you have hanging in your closet or folded in your dresser? What’s in there that when someone sees it will make them instantly think of you? Is anything there that smells slightly of your scent? Does the person removing the clothes gingerly touch them and remember the last time they were worn? Does it bring a tear?
6) Car – what does your car have in it right now? What is in the trunk or the glove compartment? What will the things say about where you drove last? What do the gas receipts reveal? Will the car immediately be sold or kept? Who will drive it?
7) Look around. See anything with your writing on it? Any notes? Shopping lists? Old cards you’ve saved? What has your handwriting on it, your signature? Our handwriting can say a great deal about us – what does yours say about you? Were you methodical? Were you always in a hurry? Were you just sloppy?
8) Food or drinks – what’s in the house that you particularly liked to eat or drink? Is there something that, when anyone tastes it, will immediately think of you?
9) Your special things – these can be anything: your hobby things, your musical instrument, your things from childhood you still drag around with you (have any old trophies, year books, models or dolls?), your tools, games, briefcase. In other words, these are all the things that simply say “you” without ever saying a word.
10) Memories – what are the memories you leave with those who met you? Are they happy memories? Sad ones? When people think of you do they do so with a smile or a frown? Hint – if they remember you with a frown it may be time to rethink your life and how you live it
What else is there that retains a bit of you? It’s possible that our worldly end can come so quickly, without any warning, that when it happens we are unprepared. More than that, our friends and family are also unprepared.
Don’t leave a mess, don’t leave something that just brings sadness. Help people smile when they remember you, because they will. Wouldn’t you rather they have good memories than bad ones? Walk softly and let the imprint be good.