What is your Personal Watermark?

August 18th, 2010 | Posted in love+life by

What will be your legacy be? Now, I don’t mean just your financial contribution …What I mean is what will your kids, grandkids and so-on remember you for? What did you do to make a difference in this world? Their world. We know that at this time is very different than our parents lived and VERY different than the enviornment our Grandparents lived in…Our kids will be saying the same thing to their kids I am sure. What can we do to leave a lasting impression and a great watermark on our family as our own legacy? The way I see it, our personal watermark is our legacy. Not everybody can leave a billion dollars to our kids and their offspring like Bill Gates or , but we can leave a great amount of knowledge, values and the ability to make a difference in this ever changing world, one that is changing at warp speed may I add…

It is time to build a foundation again, one that our family, our kids and their kids and so on can live by. Perhaps this is the code…the family code. The code that gives our kids a place to belong, instead of someplace else. For instance, a gang. This is why kids join gangs- to belong…to have direction! The family unit has gone to hell in this country. Kids are looking for direction and have absolutely none at home. Think about it. For years the family demanded their offspring to continue their “brand” or their Personal Watermark. Now, kids are making it up as they go along…with little or no direction, so now they are looking for somebody to give it to them. This means gangs, or organizations that validate what they know, which is NOTHING… It is steeped in desperation.

It is time for us to step up and stop leaving our responsibilities to somebody else. Stop allowing our kids to be lost, without direction or a Personal Watermark. We as individuals used be proud of our heritage…now our kids don’t even know what that means….

It is true, many of us will buck our family values and insist we know better at about the age of 14, however, if we as parents and adults give our kids the foundation and direction (our family or personal watermark) they will inevitably return to it after they go out and flail for a period of time. This is nature.
It is proven that the first 3 years is the most important in a child’s life for the legacy (Personal Watermark) imprint…We all need guidance and influence. What are you doing to influence the most important people in your life?

Your purpose dictates your influence on others as well as your own life. Your Personal Watermark is your legacy. How will you develop your Personal Watermark? What will you kids say about you? What will they feel about themselves?

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One Response to “What is your Personal Watermark?”

  1. Margaret Mahon says:

    Entering the youth of old age, I pledge my legacy will ripen with me. “Family” has a different meaning now, encompassing not only my birth heritage, but those lives that have touched me in a universal way. I hope to participate effectively in this huge family of mine, sharing my faith and foibles…at the end of my day, I can sigh gently and know that my shadow has crossed others with ‘fairy foot stamps’. My granddaughter will know my kiss, my ‘family’ will know my loyalty and love, my legacy will continue.

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