Saturday, July 11, 2009
Guest Post by Tomi Akinyanmi, author of A Worthy Legacy
I am very proud to present this guest post by Tomi Akinyanmi author of A Worthy Legacy. My review of her book is here.
Please give her a warm welcome and enjoy reading!
The recent death of Michael Jackson, once again made me realize how important it is that we leave a worthy legacy when our time is up on this side of life. For the past two weeks, people across the US and all over the world have mourned the passing of this legend. Millions of fans rushed to witness his memorial service and those who could not be there physically, stayed glued to the TV to watch.
From the age of 5, Michael began to make his impact on the world. Until his death, his humanitarian efforts as well as his contribution to the music industry was exemplary. He had a passion for perfection and this was evident in everything about him. I heard on CNN the other day that over a span of 38 years, Michael managed to have a record number of hit songs. It is said that Michael was a pioneer when it came to the world of music videos. The way he helped other musicians develop their potential and his love for his children are outstanding. Indeed this man no matter the controversies surrounding his life has left a worthy legacy.
Following the story of Michaels’ passing on TV, radio as well as the internet, I can’t help but marvel at the way one man has managed to reach across gender, race, beliefs, generations, physical boundaries and such to touch hearts of people all across the world. But this also has made me realize just how much I have to strive at pursuing the things that really matter.
It may be said that Michael was a loner or an eccentric but here is something I have come to believe about him; in his own way, Michael Jackson pursued the real treasures. As I reflected on what has been said about him by the people close to him and when I saw his young daughter cry for him on live TV, I thought to myself where one man who did make a difference in our world. It doesn’t matter what anyone says about him now, but it is true that the world is a better place because Michael Jackson had been in it. Take sometime to pause now and think about this, what kind of difference have you made in this world? When you do depart, what would people say? If you do not like the answers you get, then it’s time to start to make a change. Remember, it's never too late to make a difference.
Thank you Tomi for taking the time to stop by and for sharing your thoughts.