(Issue #577) The Legacy of a Legend

Recognizing the talent in yourself to help another find the talent within them.
What a way to celebrate and give back.

Four years ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with a legend when Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne gave me the opportunity to record a podcast about her lifetime of lessons, growth, resilience, and compassion. A follow-up blog post captured her mantra: “Life is not about me. It’s about others.”

She was in her 100th year when we talked that day. She made her transition from this life in 2020 at the age of 102.

If you want to capture the essence of Dr. Kinne’s legacy, visit “The Kinne Legacy Exhibition” on the Jacksonville University campus. It runs through July 16, 2021.  Every photo (including her cutting down the net after a basketball victory) captures her effervescent smile. A smile that magnified her life’s mission to help people find the good in themselves.

The longer version of the quote above captures a critical life value.

Life isn’t about me. I’m here to help people. If you can’t get to them, you can’t help them. It’s what keeps me going even today.*

And her optimism and determination shine through in such guiding principles as:

Please join me in justifying, each day, the space we take up on this planet, and in celebrating life, the greatest gift of all.*

There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.*

Photo by Steve Piscitelli ©2021.

Each of us can do something that nobody else can do. I think that it’s a gift. It’s a gift you’ve received. So, how much can you give back?*

Recognizing the talent in yourself to help another find the talent within them. What a way to celebrate and give back.

A legend who created a legacy of hope, determination, growth, and resilience.

(*From The Kinne Legacy Exhibition website and/or exhibit booklet.)

Video recommendation for the Week:

Three short clips with Dr. Kinne about parenting, friendships, and others.


Make it a great week and HTRB has needed.

My latest book, Roxie Looks for Purpose Beyond the Biscuit, can be found in
eBook ($2.99) and paperback ($9.99) format. Click 
here.

Well, my dog Roxie gets top billing on the author page for this work. Without her, there would be no story.

Click here for more information about the book. In the meantime, check out her blog.

And you can still order:

  • Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019print and e-book). Available on Amazon. More information (including seven free podcast episodes that spotlight the seven core values highlighted in the book) at the above link.
  • Stories about Teaching: No Need to be an Island (2017, print and e-book)Available on Amazon. One college’s new faculty onboarding program uses the scenarios in this book. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same. The accompanying videos (see the link above) would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.

My podcasts (all 50 episodes) can be found here.

You will find more about what I do at www.stevepiscitelli.com.


©2021. Steve Piscitelli
The Growth and Resilience Network®

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