What Will You Leave Behind?

Yesterday, I received a beautiful, handwritten note from someone I haven’t talked to in years. He had heard about my dad’s death, read about his life and it stirred something in him – a question that keeps tugging at his heart strings:

what am I going to leave behind that really matters?
I can’t tell you how many people have shared similar sentiments with me over the past few weeks. Every time, it makes my heart skip a beat.

My dad, Dr. Peter Benson, was truly a bright light in the world; helping kids thrive and inspiring communities to rally around their youth was his life’s mission. God, how I miss our intense conversations about ideas, strategies and success stories.

Despite huge coups – from White House dinners to sharing his work with the Dalai Lama – he was incredibly humble. So many times, he’d waltz into our house for a family gathering with his latest book tucked under his arm, already inscribed to us. He’d set it on the table or stick it on a shelf, just to make sure we had a copy – no fanfare, no boasting.

Since his death, our family has been so touched by so many beautiful tributes, heartfelt letters and touching anecdotes about my dad – a compassionate, charming, quirky dude who left behind such a grand legacy. He was insatiably curious and incredibly compassionate. He saw the good in everyone – every kid, every grownup – and knew we were all capable of greatness.

To know that, in retrospect, his life is now inspiring others to question their purpose in the world is such a great blessing. He would be {and surely is, somewhere out there} so excited about that.

{Photo Credit: Kai Worrell, taken during a moment of tribute to my dad at this week’s TEDxTC event}

Liv Lane

Liv Lane

As an intuitive adviser, author & teacher, I help brave-hearted women illuminate their paths to purpose through powerful classes, individual readings, workshops and writings. This blog, started in 2006, chronicles my journey and offers light for yours. Thrilled you're here!
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