Our legacy is something we leave behind and is what people remember us by, long after we’ve left these shores.
I’m not sure we realise that as we go about our daily lives, we automatically contribute to our legacy. It’s not just something that just happens when we die. It’s much more than that and is why it’s so important for others to think nice thoughts about us when we’re no longer here.
We can shape our own legacy, or inevitably it gets shaped for us. It’s not something we think about on a conscious level. If we did think about it, we’d get a lot more of what we do in our lives right. A legacy can be a totally positive experience or it will serve to do the opposite. It can be another person’s nightmare.
When we think about a legacy we should think about what we want our focus to be, what our priorities are and how we want to be remembered, when we’re gone. If we took our time to understand what having a legacy means, or what purpose it serves, we would all change our thinking and the way we act. Quite often we don’t think about our behaviour and what impact our behaviour has on other people, but that impact will always be our legacy.
We should always make sure that the people whose lives we touch have fond memories etched as an imprint in their minds for all the right reasons. A legacy isn’t just about what we leave our loved ones in our Will. If we’re kind, caring and compassionate that becomes our legacy. If we’re mean and uncaring that also becomes our legacy too, so it’s important we get it right.
For me a legacy is a character reference; it’s also a memory. We should want people to have good memories of us.