Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Leaving a Legacy

When people think of leaving a legacy most assume it’s only associated with the elderly or the deceased, but that’s just not true. The legacy you leave is a direct reflection of the life you live. No matter who you are, you leave an imprint on the people and places you encounter. Leaving a legacy simply means you have become purposeful about your impression on others.

We should all live with the intent and belief that our choices, attitude, and outcomes are worth watching and replicating. This doesn’t suggest that you have to be a superhero or a celebrity. You can start where you are. If you have children and/or nieces and nephews, you can leave them with a legacy of love, strength, and excellence. At your workplace you can exemplify positivity and motivation. In your community you can embody kindness and determination. No matter where your life takes you, you leave an impression and what kind of impression—legacy—is completely up to you.

Legacies are built, not instantaneous. Legacies are developed over time, not discovered overnight. Legacies begin when we decide to live a life larger than ourselves, more encompassing than self-gratification, and with the idea that we have a responsibility to make people and places better than they were when we arrived. Find out what legacy you desire to leave and then start living it. You cannot leave a purposeful legacy without living a purposeful, legacy-minded life.

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