Legacy is about life and living. It’s about learning from the past, living in the present, and building for the future.
A legacy may take many forms – children, grandchildren, a business, an idea, a book, a community, a home, some piece of ourselves. Our legacy naturally intrigues us. It’s perfectly understandable that we would want to know how the world will remember us after we’re gone. How many of us will be surprised? How many of us are living our lives so that our legacy reflects all that we truly hold most near and dear? How many of us are living with integrity and courage?
Leaving a legacy is a human need. It is in part selfish – we want to feel immortal. The idea of leaving something behind that will “live forever” is appealing. We also want to feel like we matter in the vast sea of humanity. By connecting with those at the beginning of their lives, we do complete a full circle in life’s journey and leave some of our “selves” – our experiences, ideas, values, and personal example – in the minds and hearts of others. But leaving a legacy also has an altruistic component. If we don’t leave a positive legacy, what kind of society are we building? What kind of world are we leaving behind? What are we passing on to our children and grandchildren?
The world isn’t connected by molecules. It’s connected by stories, traditions, memories, hopes, and dreams. We are connected by the legacies passed down from those who came before us and the legacies we pass down to those who come after us.
Be inspired by my guest, poet, artist, educator, and creator of The Urban Legend Series, Mr. Paris White. His gifts will make your heart will smile.
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You are not alone.
You are not your circumstances.
You have everything within you to live a purpose-filled life.