Upside of Leaving a Legacy

 

Take a second to think how you would like to be remembered for generations to come.  We all want to contribute something to the world that is out of the ordinary during our lifetimes. For most of us, this is a driving force and motivator for accomplishing amazing things over time, and reaching the goals we set ourselves on daily basis.

 

                  A common reason for people to try and achieve great things in life is their will to be positively looked at by their next generations, when they research about their own genealogy. How many times have you personally thought about looking up or looked up your last name on Google or social media sites to get an idea of whom else are you sharing your last name? How many times have you gone on websites like ancestry.com to research about your ancestors? Most of us like to know about our own history, what our great grandparents have been through, and where they come from. Another popular reason for people to leave a legacy is basically their desire to be remembered as a person. How many of us do not know who Michael Jackson and Steve Jobs were, and for what they got insanely famous? I am sure a vast majority of our population would love to leave a legacy like the fellas mentioned above.

 

                  “My mother always told me that as you go through life, no matter what you do, or how you do it, you leave a little footprint, and that's your legacy.” - Jan Brewer

 

                   Now you are probably asking yourself how to leave a legacy. There are so many ways to do so, but I will discuss the main two. The best and most common way to leave a legacy after you pass away is to accomplish things in your life that not many other have done. Get recognized for a useful invention, art skills, business intelligence, or athletic abilities. There are so many ways in which you can contribute to the world and stand out, that it would be impossible to list them all. Another honourable way in which you can leave a great legacy behind is by being generous throughout your life, be it by spending time helping others, or donating to charities. Such influence on the lives of others might not get you overly famous, but will gain you the respect of fellow neighbours in your local communities.

 

                   “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” ― Shannon L. Alder
 

                    Exercise: Think of 3 things for which you would like to be remembered. Are you on the right path to achieve it at the moment? What could be your next step in the legacy of your choice or how could you move in that direction?

           

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Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, PhD, Reg. Psych (AB)

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