You can leave a large sum of money or a priceless family heirloom; you can also leave an open mindset, an accepting persona, a life experience, a lesson learned. Merriam-Webster defines legacy as “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor from the past.” This isn’t necessarily a material possession or sum of money. A legacy can be a feeling, viewpoint, or opinion that lives on beyond you, your children, and your grandchildren.
Some parents leave a legacy of love and trust and respect for their children. Some teachers impress a legacy of continuous learning and dedication on their students. Some coaches instill hard work and cooperation on their players. On the other hand, armed conflicts will leave painful legacies and violent events will leave guilt and devastation as their legacies.
Whether we want to or not, everything and everyone will leave a legacy behind.
With that in mind, go mend that relationship that was ruined by something insignificant. Heal the hurt you’ve caused due to pride or stubbornness in the past. Create the values you want to impress on those around you and decide to be remembered for the right reasons. Don’t leave the past unsettled or pass on angry viewpoints or prideful façades upon others. You can either choose your legacy or let someone else decide it for you.
So, I pose one question to anyone reading this article:
What will your legacy be?