Here lies (YOUR NAME) ……. What follows? What will they say about you when your time is up? What is your legacy?
Marriam Webster defines Legacy as follows:
“something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past the legacy of the ancient philosophers The war left a legacy of pain and suffering.”
You are writing your legacy as you read this blog. Every action and every word contributes to the few short words they will write to define you. To define your life. Obviously what they write on your tombstone and in the paper will be kind but what would they write if they were honest? How would they summarize your life? As a child, spouse, parent, friend, or co-worker?
Think of those around you. You are constantly forming opinions about them. Every interaction creates your concept of who they are. How they speak, their body gestures, how they listen and most importantly what they do. Everyone is doing the same thing to you.
You have your entire life, however long that may be to write your legacy. When in the midst of this journey you rarely think of what legacy you will leave. When you realize that time is short, that’s when you will care. The problem is you have already contributed volumes to your life. It’s hard to re-write the story in a short time.
What do you want yours to say? Do you want to be remembered as the kind person that always had a kind word for everyone? That person that always held the door and said “Good Morning!” Would you like to be the one they said always took time to help others, always putting them first? Is it important that they say you were a good parent always showing your love? How about a good spouse, loving, caring and devoted to the end?
It’s up to you. You are the one writing this book. You are your legacy in flesh and blood. You are the person they will remember. Regardless of your power and stature, you only have control of one thing and one thing only in life. YOUR SELF. We really are created equal. We all have the same power in life and that is the power over ourselves. YOU control your legacy. Think about it next time you come in contact with another.
What do you want yours to say?