Legacy. What does that mean to you? #journal #arttherapy

I put out the following question the other day:

Q: What does the word “legacy” mean to you? 

The responses were thoughtful and beautiful:

Creating something that will outlive you. A permanent mark. A lasting impression. – Peter B.

Creating something that can definitely withstand the test of time. – Evelyn W.

Epic love. – Lindsey H.

My mom use to send hand written cards to everyone. She did not text or email. She would call and follow up with a beautiful card. She had a drawer full of cards she collected Since she has passed away I carry on her Legacy and send cards and hand written letters to people I meet and care about. It creates a beautiful energy and emotion when I send it. It reminds me of the beautiful love and spirit my mom had. – Paula C.

Legacy? Hmm. To be immortalized in stone. Sounds about right to me. – Dustin W.

The endurance of values, qualities and ideas. – Jen N.

A memory that one person shares or passes on to another, creating an image for the other to always remember the memories creator by. – Mike B.

What a great question!… Legacy is a kind of medicine… the more endearing it is the more it will endure… – Andrew I.

The imprint of our life that we leave for others…..how we are remembered, cherished and carried forward for others to embrace or heal from. – Cheryl B


is the illusion people create for himself/herself and/or others that they are victorious in the eternal fight against a meaningless existence during our brief stay on earth. 

But if the illusion is strong enough, practiced by people, something greater and beyond yourself,

It might just transform into reality. 

Becoming something more than you could ever imagine in your lifetime.

Melting into the cycle, and though you wear away, your essence remains.

– Justine T.

I’ve wondering about the word legacy these days as I work on the book with Dad.  Is leaving a legacy the drive behind the work we do as artists?  Is the drive to leave a mark our strive for immortality?

A page from Dad’s journal

What does legacy mean to you?

Write or draw about it.  Share it.

Excerpt from Lynda Barry’s PICTURE THIS

My Dad and I certainly aren’t about leaving a financial legacy.  Haha!  What both of us bring in each month is less that what goes out.  You know how it is.  Our life is not glamorous.  But we live so richly, so fully.  Our family, our art, our connection… that is the wealth.  So much wealth.

My journal page this morning.

My visit with Dad last night was magical.  Laughing till it hurt.  Excited about the future. Excited about the moment.  And now all our work is really congealing, ripening.  I sense the work we do is taking a life of its own and will reach people in a new and profound way.  It’s exciting and invigorating.  It’s an adventure larger than the two of us.

And if the legacy is this simple book, inspiring one person, that is a great legacy indeed.

Please consider supporting our project.  Much love, Katarina and Roar

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