Growing in Place with Mark Nepo

How to Stay Alive and Keep Giving

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

This piece, Legacy, comes from my book, THE ONE LIFE WE’RE GIVEN (page 13). It’s a story about my family and how my grandfather would always tell my Grandma Minnie that they’d find a way to share during the depression, no matter what. We are facing our own new challenges and creating legacies of our own now. Their story brings comfort to me today.

Break whatever you have in half. It will be enough to share.

I’d also like to include some Seeds to Water that accompany Legacy in The One Life We’re Given, to consider.

• In your journal, describe at least one story or saying that comes from your birth family or your chosen family that has shaped your sense of effort and grace. It might be a positive or negative example. How have these lessons helped you to stay alive and give?
• In conversation with a friend or loved one, share this story or saying and discuss its meaning. In the days to come, share this story or saying with a third person and ask them for a story or saying that has shaped who they are.

Many blessings!

    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...


    Leaving a legacy – don’t wait until you’re dead!

    by Abigail Horne

    Freida Rothman: “Learn from your mistakes”

    by Ben Ari

    Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

    Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

    Thrive Global
    People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.


    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.