Time is ticking and with each passing second, we are getting closer to our last day. What will we leave behind when we go? What will be our legacy?
Legacy is defined as: Something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.
This can mean cars, money and houses. More importantly, it can also mean how we are remembered and what contributions we made while we were alive. How did we and the life we lived, touch others? What will people say of us after we’re gone?
He had a high profile job. She had a beautiful home. He left me a fortune.
All of those are great, but the house will eventually decay and the money will soon be spent. Then what will be left? Nothing. Shouldn’t we then, want to leave a lasting legacy? One of morals, values and ethics?
He taught me to be kind to others. She taught me to love unconditionally. He taught me not to be prejudice or cruel to those who are different than me. She taught me to give to those in need and to show compassion to those who are hurting. He taught me to be honest, loyal, true to others and to myself.
Unlike money and houses, those are valuable lessons which can be passed down from generation to generation. They will not decay, nor will they become depleted. What we do now should be making a positive impact on future generations.
It is obvious as we look around us, that much of society has forgotten the most basic human values. However, it doesn’t have to remain that way. Each person who is breathing has the ability to change the world.
Of course we can’t change everyone simultaneously, but we can impact one person, or two, or three. Then they can impact one, two, or three. It’s a domino effect, one in which can be passed along right now, and well after we’re gone.
Whether we like to admit it or not, none of us are getting younger. We’re all creeping a little closer to the end, and none of us know when our end will be.
Knowing this, we should be mindful now of what we’re contributing to the those around us. Does our life set a good example for those who are watching us? How are we, and the life we’re living touching others?
What kind of legacy are you leaving your family, your friends, the world?