Maireann an chraobh ar an bhfál ach ní mhaireann an lámh do chuir.
Pronounced: Mir-enn on ch(k)ray-ov er on vol och(k) nee mwir-enn on lawve duh ch(k)wir.
Translates: The branch lives on the hedge but the hand that planted it be dead.
An old Irish saying reminding us of our mortality and that our work can live on despite it.
Do you ever think of the legacy you will leave behind? Perhaps you are too young for this, or you feel you are too young for this, but I have been thinking about it and I believe it is never too early to start thinking about the impact you have on the world around you and what you will leave behind in your absence.
It doesn’t even need to be in your death.
Maybe it’s in your previous job. What order did you leave things in for the next person? Were they in place and organized? Did you implement new practices and procedures to make things run more effectively?
Even if no one knows it was you, do you feel a sense of pride in knowing you have impacted that business’ policies going forward?
Maybe it’s in a volunteer position, implementing changes or breathing new life into an old campaign.
Maybe it’s in the traditions you instill in younger generations, the lessons you impart both by word of mouth and through leading by example.
Maybe it’s an ex-relationship or a friendship that has outgrown it’s purpose. How do you want them to remember you and the time you spent together? What principles and way of doing things do you wish to be associated with?
Be the good in the world,
ACTIONABLE STEP: Think about what legacy you want to leave behind for others, what you want people to say and feel about you after you are no longer there.
I think it’s a great idea to learn something about the place you travel, to take a bit of the culture and sayings with you when you go. Ireland is a land of many sayings and phrases. The Gaelic language is not something that I picked up on – although I did look up how to say hello, thank you and goodbye before we departed for our travels, the only phrase that comes naturally to mind is Sláinte, which is said as “Cheers!” before a drink, but means “Good Health”.
I found all of these sayings after my trip, although I did have many an Irish man say different phrases and try to teach me how, repeat after him. I, sadly, can not remember them.
I looked these all up on the website Gaelic Matters. I encourage you to go and read through the website. It is fantastically well done with a wealth of information on the Celtic culture and the Gaelic Language. The Gaelic Language is in danger of becoming unknown and we were told while we were visiting that people are now enrolling their children into lessons to keep the language alive.
The old sayings are charming, full of wisdom and wit, and these Motivation Monday series are meant to honor the spirit of the people of Ireland.