At any given time, your plate may be full. Or it may be empty. You may even find that your plate has more than it can comfortably handle, with the excess slipping away before it can be properly addressed.
Whatever your plate looks like today, it probably looked different a few short months ago. In these times of economic distress, many of us are dropping the side dishes, appetizers and desserts of the past while concentrating on the basic “meat and potatoes” that sustain us.
Regardless of your situation, don’t neglect the plate that is your life. Its contents may vary greatly from one moment to the next, but the plate remains the same. It was fired in the kiln of your ancestors and tempered by the wisdom gained through succeeding generations.
Don’t drop your plate. Don’t let cracks degrade it. Add to its strength my making prudent and wise decisions. Above all, make certain that your kids and grandkids know and understand your plate’s history. It is your legacy.
Check this out: I recently worked with The Des Moines Register on an extensive project concerning the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. You can view the project (and an extended video interview with me) here.