In a recent conversation with a close friend, the discussion of leaving a legacy became the focal point. We shared our stories of lessons learned, the high and lows of life, and the importance of building traditions and a character that will have a lasting effect on the lives of our family and our world. We talked about how one builds a legacy that lives far beyond their life here on this earth. I was reminded of some people that have transitioned from this earthly life. How impactful their deeds on earth were, how their accomplishments, their character have proven significant far beyond their years on earth. They were intentional with decisions they made. They made a difference. Their actions contributed to our world leaving it unalterably changed.
Now, I know what you may be thinking. Really, Veronica?!?! A Legacy?!?! That isn’t something that anyone less than 60 should be thinking about, but you should. No one knows the how many years they will live beyond the present. Each and everyday is a blessing with the next one not promised. Moreover, I am coming to realize that your daily decisions are shaping your legacy rather you want them to or not. How you treat people, the memories you create, and your choices are creating how people will remember your earthly life. Being mindful of the legacy you want to leave is imperative because it enables you to focus on your life’s purpose, goals you want to accomplish, and the lasting footprints you want to leave.
Earlier this week, Tahlee (our resident travel guru) talked about creating a vacation fund for future adventures. In the same way, we can think of our legacy as an account that we are building. With each decision, each relationship created, each goal set and accomplished (or lack thereof), we are paying into our legacy. As I continue to build my legacy reserves, here are some things I am pondering and working towards:
Reflect. How do I want to be remembered? Thinking about this question can seem a bit morbid, but it is a great way to think about and be more mindful of goals you want to accomplish during your earthly life. It will manifest itself in how you treat people (most times…everyone is allowed some “off” moments) and decisions you make. Great and impactful legacies are created from lives filled with self-reflection and a driven purpose.
Pay it forward. Support the people and causes that are important to you. Showing up and being present in the lives of others is an awesome way to create a life that will be remembered as impactful and meaningful. Service is an attribute that changes lives, and inspires others. And what’s so awesome…it is something we can ALL do! Finding opportunities to pour into someone else in some small way each day is what great legacies are made of.
Mentor. In the light of paying it forward, mentorship allows you to impart your wisdom and lessons learned in the life of someone else. In my own life, I can recall those that advised me professionally and personally. Their commitment to helping shape my life, changed my life for the better. It also etched them forever in my memory. It is their legacy to me. We are given blessings to be a blessing, and mentoring most certainly can bless someone else and ensure that your greatness lives beyond your own life.
Go for yours. There is nothing more uplifting than someone actively pursuing their passion. Someone stepping out on faith to actively work towards making their dreams a reality (win, lose, or draw) is their legacy. It allows you to pursue your purpose and destiny, and it gives others permission and encouragement to do the same. You want to be remembered for doing something great? DO SOMETHING GREAT!
Be better. It would be nice if we could play all our life, but legacies are created from intentional choices to be exceptional. Commit. Prioritize. Be kind. Set goals. Crush goals. Everyday try to improve the person you were the day before…your legacy depends on it.
Life is like a book. It's not the amount of chapters, but the words that fill the pages that makes for a cherished story. How will you fill your pages? What legacy will leave?
What do you do to build your legacy? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Love WITHOUT Fear,