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How do YOU want to be Remembered?

By on September 30, 2014
Steve Irwin - Trypheyna's gift for Bindi & Robert Irwin

WE ALL LEAVE A LEGACY whether we realise it or not. So it would be much better if we chose what we would like that to look like.

This doesn’t mean that we have to make a huge mark on the world which everyone knows about. We are touching people everyday, whether it is with our smile, our kind words, our quite actions, or our sharing of our wisdom. everyone of us is unique and therefore have something of value to offer the world.

I love to tell the story of Noel Clark from Manly, a man who “was homeless but not worthless” as shown at his funeral to which over 100 people went when he died at the age of 77. Noel had been homeless for many years but still left a lasting legacy in the hearts of a whole community.

The State MP for Manly, Mike Baird, who was treasurer at the time, and has since gone on to become Premier of NSW, Australia, expressed his sadness at not being able to attend Noel’s funeral because he was delivering the State budget. He said: “It is hard not to sense that Manly won’t be the same after the passing of Noel, but we we’ll remember him as one of our own – all the best mate”

Connor a 10 year old organised for a plaque to be created to be placed at the bus stop where Noel would sit and talk with people. “Everyone …had been touched by his life. It was simply because of the way he was”

It is worth noting that I was not privileged to have ever physically met Noel but his Soul has spoken to me and I continually share his story with people to illustrate that we leave a Legacy whether we do it consciously or not.

You matter not because of the big things you have done in life but because of the love and care you have brought into life as a result of your just being YOU.

This painting that I did after Steve Irwin died – for his children Bindi and Robert – was my personally letting them know that their father may well have made a huge impact on the world in encougaing people to take notice of and care for the other creatures of our world, but it was his gentle compassionate heart that I personally beleive was the greatest Legacy he gave us. This wasn’t often shown, because he was a man of such high enegy which is what was focussed on mostly. So my painting shows him in gentle loving contemplation alongside some of my most favourite and endangered animals in the world, the orang-utans. They need all the loving support we can give them, just to survive.

Steve Irwin - Trypheyna's gift for Bindi & Robert Irwin

Steve Irwin – Trypheyna’s gift for Bindi & Robert Irwin


  1. When you die, what is it that you want people to remember about you? What do you want them to say about you at your memorial? Now become that person.
  1. If you knew you only had one week, what would you want to do? Make a list of those things and start doing them, NOW!
  1. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, who would you want to talk to tonight? Call them. And who are the people you have resentments towards but if they died tomorrow, you would regret not talking to one last time? Call them also.

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