This has been on my mind lately. It’s been a tough year for most of us.
If you die today, would you be proud of what others remember you as.
There is no doubt you will be remembered whether in a positive of negative way.
None of us want to pass on, but the reality is that life is short. We listen to people talk about how short life is, how we need to make the most of it. And how we need to love those around us especially the ones who don’t have much time left, but too often we let that message go one ear and out the other.
Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived lifeNatalie Babbitt
You don’t have to live forever; you just have to live. Leaving a great legacy is the most important thing you can do in your life. They don’t have to be possessions or a bunch of money.
Perhaps the most important question to ask yourself is- how will I be remembered when I am gone? When you ask yourself this question, what is your first response? Will others see you as selfish, uncommitted, unloving, and inpatient, or will see all of your amazing qualities- compassionate, kind, giving, and loving? The choices you make now will impact how others remember you.
What Can You Start Doing Now
First, you need to decide what legacy you want to create. You need to think of what contribution you want to make to this world. What message do you want to send with your life to the world and to those who matter most to you? If you had a chance to attend your own funeral, what would you want people to say about you?
We all have a limited time on earth. And yet, we often live our lives as if our time is unlimited, putting things off, thinking that we’ll always have more time.
Based on the legacy you want to leave behind, identity three to five specific goals you can set for creating your legacy. Then for each goal, figure out the first step you can take and start making it today. Don’t keep pushing it off, or else you will never start.
Thinking about this the last little while. When I was struggling with my past and had so much hate toward everyone. I remember when I was suicidal. I only want to die, to put myself out of my misery. If I had succeeded. What a legacy I would have left behind. A poor lady, that had no love, happiness or strength in here life.
I am not that person today, thank God.
I am the loving, kind, helpful person, I always wanted to be. And I keep working on becoming a better person everyday.
A powerful legacy can often be created with simple action. Simple acts of kindness have been known to change lives in powerful ways. Do your part to make the world a better place.
One person can’t change the world, but can change the world around them. Stop worrying about the fact that you can’t do everything or that you can’t do it perfectly. Maybe you don’t know what kind of legacy you’ll leave behind and that’s okay. What you can do is the right thing.
What is your favorite charity? Would you like a tree planted in your name?
Leave behind some legacy letters, to your friends and family that are close to you that can be read after you’ve passed on. It’s something they will likely treasure the rest of their lives.
You don’t have to earn a noble peace prize to have a legacy worth remembering. At the end of the day, it won’t matter how much money you have in the bank, more how great your skin looked. What will matter is the type of impression you left those around you? People will forget the superficial things, but they will never forget how to made them feel. Your kindness and compassion.