To Leave Or Not To Leave (An Impact), Is That The Question?

To Leave Or Not To Leave (An Impact), Is That The Question?

I have been having a most fascinating extended conversation with a few of my “Deep Thinking,” philosophically oriented friends about the whole “ethical / moral / spiritual” ramifications of leaving any sort of noticeable, detectable impact on the world, once we are officially done doing our time and have finished passing through this particular physical manifestation amidst our Pilgrim’s Progress?

One side says that we are to be as thoughtful, considerate, conscientious, careful and graceful as humanly possible to ensure that, just like when you go camping or hiking in nature, you end the experience by meticulously “policing” the area to ensure that you left behind absolutely no evidence that you were ever there.

Now I’m an ex Cub Scout – Boy Scout and was raised by my parents to be a very devout nature enthusiast and protector of the realm, so I quite instinctively totally understand and agree with this theory, at least as far as it applies to our effects on nature when sojourning out into the pure and pristine beauty of the woods and wilderness.

The other side seems to say something well along the lines of: “Every individual that comes to planet earth should do everything in their power to make sure that they leave something behind for their posterity.”

We owe it to this wondrous opportunity to even exist in this time and place to gift the world with something of positive value for the future inhabitants when we leave,, be that information, literature, art, music, stories, film, buildings, statues, whatever.”

I think that’s a very powerful and positive point of view. I am ever so grateful for those who went before me and left behind a trail of insightful books, inspirational poetry, engaging art, reflective and stimulating music, and lots and lots of time tested, valuable information on how to do everything from build a boat and grow tomatoes, to how to write the perfect press release or compelling website copy.

Is it the natural, inherent, “bridge-building” peace-maker in me that sees that these two concepts are not really at odds with one another at all, but in fact work in a perfect symbiotic cooperative manner with one another?

My view on this is that one can simply apply both strategies to one’s life and not only be very happy, satisfied, popular and well liked, but at the very same time,  avoid a bunch of additional bad karma / sin / negative energy or whatever you call it in your personal cosmological world view or spiritual path, predilection or predisposition.

I say, always consistently strive to make as powerfully positive an impact and impression on the rest of the world as possible, while being equally conscientious to avoid leaving even the slightest / lightest parcel of negativity or damage behind for others to have to carefully maneuver around and effectively side-track without stepping in it.

That seems to be the path that works best for me, what are your thoughts and insights on the subject?

Larry       😉

“On Words And Up Words”

Larry L. Nichols

Words are my paints – Minds are my canvases.


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6 Responses to “To Leave Or Not To Leave (An Impact), Is That The Question?”

  1. AlexM Says:

    Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

  2. .:*ÇQ*:. Says:

    I think you said it all! Now can I hug you? 🙂


  3. TravelingNani Says:

    I believe we are spiritual beings having a human experience. We are here to learn and grow. This world, this life is not all about me. We are all one. Therefore I can not hurt another person without hurting myself. When I help someone else, I help myself. The proof is in my feelings. When I do harm I feel bad, when I do good I feel great.

    I believe life is a like a great big mirror whatever you put out is reflected right back at you. It may take time, but it comes.

    Blessings to you on your path,

    Christina Hessel, aka TravelingNani

  4. larrylnichols Says:

    My Dearest Queen Of Corona,

    Thank you so very much for your kind and generous appraisal of my contemplation!

    Your positive, uplifting encouragement and insightful observations have come be an important part of my daily ingestion of “News From The World” so reading your “thumbs Up” assessment puts a smile on my face and a skip in my step.

    Thank you for stopping by and blessing me with your “presence” and your “presents!”

    Larry 😉

    “On Words And Up Words”

    Larry L. Nichols

    Words are my paints – Minds are my canvases.

    Larry L. Nichols is a writer, copywriter, “ghost-writer,” content provider, editor, marketing consultant & online business advisor, successfully helping to build his valued client’s dreams and manifest their passions for over 3 decades.

  5. larrylnichols Says:

    Greetings Christina,

    Thanks for taking the time to stop and share your thoughts on the matter.

    I appreciate your valid and valuable pertinent points that were expressed with such grace and clarity.

    Well said.

    Thanks for being so very open and interested!

    “On Words And Up Words”

    Larry 😉

    Words are my paints – Minds are my canvases.

  6. larrylnichols Says:

    Thank You Alex,

    That truly means a lot to me so thanks for those encouraging words.

    I try to keep up with the blogging as much as humanly possible.

    I’ve discovered that now that I am writing as a copywriter / ghost-writer for the public instead of my previous Fortune 500 and celebrity / publishing house clientele, I have so many more emails, inquiries and social media network interactions to respond to, it’s amazing how quickly one’s time can get utilized in the process of serving the public’s greater writing good! 🙂

    Thanks Alex,

    “On Words And Up Words”

    Larry 😉

    Words are my paints – Minds are my canvases.

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