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Ep 014 The Greatest Legacy

Oct 20, 2021 | PODCAST

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The Greatest Legacy We Can Leave Our Children is Happy Memories

I came across this quote by Og Mandino an American author whilst I was researching ideas for the podcast. It really resonated with me, and the longer version of this quote too. So please do listen to the podcast, and let me know what you’d like to be remembered for? And if we could time travel, I wonder if what our children would say in the years to come, matches our hopes 🙂


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Transcription of The Great Legacy

Sue: (00:05)
Hello. Welcome to the Photographs in a Shoebox Podcast with Sue Kennedy. This podcast is all about helping and inspiring you to tell your family’s story in pictures.

Sue: (00:23)
So in today’s episode, I wanted to talk about a quote I found from Og Mandino, who is an American author. He wrote a very successful book called The Greatest Salesman in the World. There are many quotes attributed to him, but the one I like is this, “I am convinced that the greatest legacy we can leave our children are happy memories. Those precious moments, so much like pebbles on the beach that are plucked from the white sand and placed in tiny boxes that lay undisturbed on tall shelves until the day they spill out and time repeats itself with joy and sweet sadness in the child, now an adult.”

Sue: (01:18)
So what I liked about that quote was, “The greatest legacy we can leave our children are happy memories,” but also the reference to pebbles. For me, that reminded me of photographs. So I found this quote in a long list of inspiring travel quotes for families, as examples of things that you could put into albums to enhance the story if you like. So it just got me thinking. Family time is so important, and it’s just as important as giving your children experiences as well as stuff, but it’s about getting that balance right, so giving your full attention on how we spend our time and who we’re spending it with. So it all contributes to the imprint that we will leave.

Sue: (02:21)
Originally, this quote caught my eye because it had been overlaid over a visual of a child paddling on a beach. I like the simplicity of that activity. It symbolizes childhood to me. It could be anywhere. You could be overseas on an expensive beach, but equally you could be on a local beach an hour down the road. Your children really don’t care, so long as they have got that quality time with you and you are building those memories up.

Sue: (03:01)
I also think the other thing about a beach is, well certainly in the UK, in most places you won’t have a phone signal, so you can’t be disturbed, and that helps tremendously. You’re not being disturbed by other people’s phones going off either. I know that’s changing and phone signals are getting better by the coast, but I’ll enjoy it whilst it lasts shall we say.

Sue: (03:27)
So I like a beach, whether it’s blowing a gale or whether it’s a warm summer’s day. I’m sure you have that place that you go to that you like to create happy memories with your children at. As long as you have it that’s the key here, so that we can live this quote out, “The greatest legacy we can leave our children is happy memories.” That’s what we want to be remembered for as parents, is giving those happy memories to our children.

Sue: (04:09)
So that’s all for this week. Thank you for joining me, and don’t forget to subscribe wherever you are listening, so you never miss an episode. Bye for now.