Live Long and Prosper

by Jill Francis on March 6th, 2015

A few weeks ago, the world said farewell to Leonard Nimoy, our favorite Star Trek Vulcan, and I began to think about the Vulcan “parting blessing” and the beauty of those four simple words:  Live Long And Prosper.  I also began to think about what those words mean to me.

Many years ago, I would have told you that “long and prosperous” would have meant that I wanted to live to see my great-grandchildren and that I wanted enough money in the bank to live in my Dream Home with my husband and travel the world to my heart’s delight.  As the daughter of a long-term Alzheimer’s patient, my perspective has gradually changed through the years and “live long and prosper” has a different connotation.

Eight years ago my mother looked me directly in the eyes and said, “I don’t even know who you are.”  Fortunately, I’d known that day might come and I was able to maintain my composure enough to tell her who I was, but the vacancy in her eyes told me that “I am Jill, your daughter”, held no meaning to her.  It was weeks later before the impact of those words hit me.  Do I now still want to live to see my great-grandchildren?  No.  I want to live to know my great-grandchildren.  I do not want to live long if I do not know my loved ones.

I continue to look through “Southern Living” magazine at their beautiful homes and fill my Pinterest travel board with the places I want to go, but that kind of prosperity no longer means as much to me.  It is now more crucial to live a life where the connections I have with people are as important as the synapse connections in my brain.  The investment in people’s lives is now more important to me than the investment in my bank account.  After all, the bank won’t remember I existed, but I hope my friends and family will. 

How do you define a long and prosperous life?  At the end of his, Leonard Nimoy Tweeted, “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.”  We will preserve you in our memories, Mr. Spock, and it is there that you will Live Long and Prosper.

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Rick - March 6th, 2015 at 8:01 AM
And we thought when Jesus said that He would heal us, He was talking about our limbs or eyes.... How little did we expect that we'd trade such miraculous healings in a moment to have wholeness of our minds, memories & relationships. Love you, Jill! Love you, Jeanette!!!
Lorna - March 6th, 2015 at 8:07 AM
Well said Jill!

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