Leaving a LEGACY
What is a legacy? According to Webster dictionary it means the following:
: a gift by will especially of money or other personal property or bequest
: something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past
The biggest question we should be asking ourselves is “What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?”
I ponder this question and looked back at my life. The happy times, the sad times, the tough times and the peaceful times. I asked myself, “Did I make a difference?” Was I a good spouse, parent, daughter, friend, co-worker or leader? Sometimes yes and sometimes not. Did I learn from each experience? Definitely, and could I have done better? Absolutely!
Questions to ponder:
How do you want people to remember you?
What kinds of accomplishments do you want to achieve?
What precious moments would you like your family members and friends to reminisce about you?
- That you helped people when they needed you?
- As a good parent, spouse, friend, family member or person?
- You were happy and accomplished your goals and aspirations?
- You made a difference and contributed to this world in a positive way?
- You were fulfilled with your life and most of your actions?
What changes would you like to make to attain a better legacy?
There is still time to change your course in life and live the life you want! I know these are very deep questions, but it is time to look at your life and make changes so you can accomplish the legacy you want to leave behind.
Are there changes to be made in your attitude towards family, friends, co-workers by showing respect, kindness, compassion, and gentleness? Maybe realizing we are all different and we look at things in our own way. Are we too busy complaining and whining instead of coming up with solutions to make things better around us? Are there apologies which may need to be said towards those we offended or hurt? Or give forgiveness towards those whom hurt us?
The next big question is “What do you want to do about it?”
Be inspired, be happy and sometimes we ought to let go of what is making us unhappy. Chalk it up to a learning experience, move on, let go, and learn from it. Like the old saying goes: Sometimes people come into our lives to teach us a lesson; something we teach others. Which one are you?
I would love to see your comments and thoughts on what kind of legacy you want to leave behind. ~ Patti