Changing the world is great – but being cherished by someone is better

The other day my wife and I were sharing a fond memory of my grandmother – who passed away several months ago now.

It was during this conversation that she said, “I’m so glad I have so many memories of her.”

My wife, God bless her, spent a lot of time with my grandmother during her summer vacations from teaching. She was her companion and chauffer on doctor’s appointments, window shopping, lunch outings or just sitting on her deck enjoying a cup of tea and conversation. It was during those times that she formed invaluable memories we still talk about today.

My grandmother really loved and appreciated my wife. It often makes me smile to know that she had the opportunity, for over a decade, to have a relationship with the woman I’m so blessed to wake up with each and every day.

I’m reminded of a wonderful quote by Orson Scott Card, an America author and speaker.

“Changing the world is good for those who want their names in books. But being happy, that is for those who write their names in the lives of others, and hold the hearts of others as the treasure most dear.”

The greatest gift we’ll receive out of life is to have our names forever immortalized in another’s heart.