Big shoes to fill leave footprints to clean up

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The need to be remembered creates a lot of nonsense for our children to clean up.

I had writers’ block while Bruce Cockburn sang “no footprints when we go” in the background. Then an idea surfaced.

There are three types of people. Those who strive to be remembered by leaving huge footprints; those who live so as not to cause ripples; and those who don’t think about either option.

As a kid I did not think about it, I became ego-driven enough to want to leave my mark and now I simply want to fade away.

If you really believe that the future belongs to your children, then do two things. Leave your personal space in better shape than you found it. And don’t carve your name on every tempting surface.

Too often ‘big shoes to fill’ means that those big shoes stomped on others, leaving damaging footprints behind.

The need to be remembered is equally damaging. It creates a lot of nonsense for our children to clean up.

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.

Originally published at on May 12, 2020.



James McIntosh : Boosting Careers since 1990

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