When I was in my 20’s, I saw a poster that read “Will it matter that I was?” Those words got me thinking about the legacy I wanted to leave, an inquiry that’s still ongoing to this day.
Every one of us leaves a legacy, but surprisingly few reflect on what they want theirs to be. Yet, it’s an important point for us all to ponder.
I once stumbled on a very touching blog written by a hospice physician. She saw how many of her patients were “deeply disturbed” because they hadn’t “contributed anything significant to life.”
“The message I have taken away from these patients,” she wrote, “is that it is far better to contemplate the meaning of life when we actually have some time left to work on the question.”
I started asking myself more questions, which I suggest you might want to ask yourself and give serious thought to the answers.
- What changes would I like to see in the world?
- What social problems give me the greatest concern?
- How would I like to make a difference in my family/neighborhood/community/world?
- Are there any organizations I could support that are affecting these kinds of changes?
- How do I want the world to remember me after I’m gone?
Your legacy need not light up the sky. It need make only the slightest footprint in the sand. All that matters is that your legacy reflects your values, makes you proud, brings you pleasure, and inspires or improves something or someone else.
Have you given any thought to how you’d like to be remembered? Tell me about in the comments below.