An ongoing argument between my mother and I is my lack of reproducing grandchildren for her. Her side of the argument is always "God commanded us to be fruitful and multiply" referencing a Bible verse from Genesis. My response is always and effort to define the word "fruitful" beyond just having children.
This story lends to a question about the purpose of life. What does it really mean to "live"? Is it merely just existing and completing day-to-day tasks with moments when something special happens? I surely hope not! To me living is an active process in which you are striving towards a goal and enjoying the rollercoaster as you go along. John Assaraf, one of the contributors to the book The Secret, put it best in a life tool published by his company, Neurogym, called My Exceptional Life Blueprint. Here is Assaraf's life purpose:
"The purpose of my life is to live and authentically experience it as fully as possible and to consistently learn, grow and become all that I can become. It's to grow spiritually, to love deeply, to give immensely and to serve and love others to the best of my abilities. It's to use all the gifts God has bestowed upon me to make the biggest most positive impact on our beautiful planet and universe."
I think that just about sums up everything I could imagine in one eloquently written statement. Are you living life or just existing? Is the extent of your contribution to the world merely the children you've created or have you made your mark in other ways as well? After all, this blog is about legacy, right? When was the last time you considered yours?
At the end of the day, while I haven't yet brought any children into this world I do believe I've been fruitful in my life. This blog itself is a testament of the legacy I am building and my effort to make an impact on the world around me. You can't reach the whole world but you can make a positive influence on your world. Start being fruitful today!