People listen to us most intently by watching us live. So, why not live with character, conviction and passion? The most indelible legacy is the way that we live.
Engage this life with passion and gratitude. None of us know how long our lives may be. But we can leave the legacy of living like we care, and living in a way that honors our creation. People will remember how you live more than the details of your achievements.
Even when we have nothing else to give, we still have love. Loving our spouse, our significant other, our children and even our business partners and/or employees with commitment and enthusiasm is a legacy like no other.
Not a writer? No problem. Just develop the habit of keeping a regular record of what’s important in your life. Jot down key events like births, weddings, and achievements, along with a comment or two.
For years, I wrote just one gratitude line everyday in a journal. Can you imagine the joy of those entries for others once you have left this earth?
Be an open book. Share your stories. There's an old saying that 'fact tell, stories sell'. It is the stories of our lives that are important, do not keep them a secret! You will never know how impactful your story may be for someone else. .
Nothing communicates like authenticity. Share your failings as well as your triumphs. A legacy that speaks of transparency and an open spirit is a legacy that will benefit many generations. In the great book The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz states in Agreement #1, Be Impeccable With Your Word. That is what being honest and authentic means.
We each live a story. The best stories are grounded in principles and purposes that are timeless, and certainly bigger than we are. Live a story that lasts an eternity.
Most children and grandchildren remember presence more than they remember presents. Commit enough of yourself that your legacy is the fact that you loved enough to be there.
The great legacies of history are people who dedicated their lives to the service to humanity. On a smaller scale (but no less important) is our service to those we love, to our family, friends, and community. Who can I help and how can I help them?
Share with your loved ones what kind of lives you would like them to live, even after you have died. Having those thoughts constantly play through their heads can help navigate them as they face crucial choices. “What would XX do?” is the most powerful legacy of all.
Think about 'The Dash' meaning something when you are gone. (The ‘dash’, 1978 – ? ; yes, that dash)
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