This is an interesting topic and somewhat morbid to be totally candid. But I couldn’t get it out of my head this last week given a couple books I read.
How Will I Be Remembered?
For some reason, I spent a great deal of time thinking about what this all looks like 60+ years from now? Can I make it to 93? I’m not sure, maybe another topic for another time.
I don’t mean for any of this post to relate to my life’s achievements or accomplishments. Although I don’t think that is a terribly bad thing, I was thinking specifically about legacy. It’s one of the only true things you can leave behind (and not be taxed).
There is something really simple and beautiful about this thought process to me. Once you wrestle with the idea for a little bit you come to a striking conclusion. It is the ONLY acceptable answer to the equation called LIFE. The dirt will hit each of us in the face. Some will meet it with grace and some will meet it suddenly and unexpectedly. Either way…life expires.
The fear isn’t the part that draws my attention.
My attention was and is focused this last couple weeks on legacy. The cool thing is when the thoughts start, everything else becomes entirely trivial with our day to day lives. Think about it. What did I do today that really mattered? If not selfishly for me, for someone else. Now ask yourself again, what is really important and does it directly relate to what you accomplished today?
What replaced the trivial thoughts (today’s insecurities) were some great questions.
- What would the people close to me say about how I lived?
- Is there a chance I was able to help this person, push them, or make them better? If so, how?
- Would a stranger I just met have good words or a positive story to share with my son as an example of how I lived?
- Did I leave the family in a better place?
- What can I change TODAY…right now if I didn’t like the story?
Once again, I really don’t know why this came about, but I’m happy it did. I think the thoughts are healthy and allow a person like myself who doesn’t take much time to slow down to almost stop and consider how they’d like to be remembered.
The way a person is remembered is directly attributed to the day to day. Small efforts, magnified over time.
In a weird way its a goal I’m in pursuit of. Trouble for all of us is, we don’t know when it will be. Or maybe that’s exactly where the beauty lives. So until then, I’ll just have to put the work in every day and the legacy will take care of itself.
ACTION ITEM: Look at a story of a life well lived. I don’t care if the person lived to be 25 or 105. If you can define the life well lived, you have a legacy to pursue.