Leaving a Footprint on the Sands of Time

I have never thought of myself as one who has left a permanent footprint in the sands of life, and it would be nice to know if I reached at least this one goal so that after I am gone, someone might look at that photograph and still say “wow”.–Rural Iowegian Mark Cooper ; MSgt/USAF Aka; The Rural Iowegian


Footsteps on La Jolla Shores Beach--Human and bird
Bird and Human footprints overlap at La Jolla Shores

I came to this blog via another post I read, “It’s about Living in the Present”.  The Rural Iowegian writes this as possibly his last post. He is celebrating his 63 birthday and has some ominous cancer probabilities.

Have you ever wondered if you will leave a footprint on the sands of time?  If you have children, you probably will leave some mark as least as long as you have descendants. It’s knowing what those descendants might do that can cause such a wrinkle in the science fiction world of Time Travel–what you change today will affect  the  future.

Most of us will not become famous, but we can make a difference.  Will it  be what we write, draw, or say?  Will we start a movement, set up a charity, change somebody’s life? It could be a smile at the right moment or a friendly greeting,  paying it forward at some restaurant, giving an extra generous tip, letting somebody else go first or merge into traffic.

two walking at sunset

We might like a Wow moment where someone remembers what we did that really impressed them;  we can always have a Now moment where we do something unexpected and practice Random Acts of Kindness.  Our Now moment could be somebody’s Wow moment because we gave them something neither of us realized at the time was needed.

Couple and dog walking at sunset


27 thoughts on “Leaving a Footprint on the Sands of Time”

  1. Thank you. This is the uplift I needed on a rainy Monday morning. I remember hearing Jesse Jackson in the pulpit years ago, saying (as I paraphrase it): “I am only one man, and I cannot do everything. But because I am one man, I can do SOMETHING. It is my duty to do at least one thing that helps another human being today.”

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  2. Great post Pat! I think it’s sad that being “famous” and “go big or go home” are drilled into us from day one. It truly is the little things… it’s almost like we are told if we can’t conquer the world then we shouldn’t try.
    But it’s not about that. It’s about shining in your own world, Reaching out to those around us, and Sharing the Light with the people we meet!
    I love ❤️ this!!!

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  3. Ah reminds me of a past argument I had with my husband 3 years ago. His view was why bring children into this damaged and overpopulated world. My view was how can he deprived the world from a cancer/AIDS cure that may be invented by our unborn child.

    Well, you know who won. Haha!


  4. I’d like to view the question literally – how cool would it be to leave a physical reminder of our brief time here? To have someone look at something 500 years hence and wonder ‘Who did that?’ I do guided tours of Mont Orgueil, a medieval castle here in Jersey (C.I.). In the Great Hall there are very damaged 500-year-old wall paintings but it’s a remarkable feeling to stand in the exact same spot where that long-forgotten artist carried out his/her work.

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