How to Leave a Legacy Does the thought of leaving behind a legacy make you feel very small? Oh no, this is not for me, I am not Abraham Lincoln or Albert Einstein or Mother Theresa! Think again. For a change, don‟t think of such great internationally acclaimed icons of achievement. Think of someone around you – your friend or relative or colleague at the office or your priest, just anyone who is or was a part ...
How to Leave a Legacy
Does the thought of leaving behind a legacy make you feel very small? Oh no, this is not for me, I am not Abraham Lincoln or Albert Einstein or Mother Theresa!
Think again. For a change, don‟t think of such great internationally acclaimed icons of achievement. Think of someone around you – your friend or relative or colleague at the office or your priest, just anyone who is or was a part of your daily life.
What do you instantly remember about him or her? Did he do something good for you or others? Did she create something special that benefitted other people? Did they fight some small injustice in the system and change the rules for better?
So you recall that stern old Murphy, your manager at the factory was also a kind and fair boss who was loved and respected by all your co-workers. It strikes you that it was your uncle Jim who led tithe fight to save the old Art Deco cinema house on your street from the wrecking ball and got it registered as a heritage property. And your mother‟s incredible apple pies are spoken of by every family for three blocks down the road, all because she generously shared her recipe and egged on the young housewives till they perfected the Art of the Apple Pie!
There you are…that is legacy! When individuals imprint their deeds in the hearts and mind of people around them, they leave behind a legacy. Now think…what do people recall when they think of you right now? Good stuff? Bad stuff? Sad stuff? Oh, you never gave it a thought, did you? Maybe folks around you don‟t recall you at all…
Uh oh, that probably makes you feel even smaller than before. But you now know what it means to leave a legacy, and how even the humblest person can leave behind a legacy. So get cracking, bang into the game and start doing YOUR thing – those simple but amazing deeds that will leave behind YOUR legacy.
Be a Famous Grandfather (Or Grandmother)
Beginning small is the right way to begin.
Be a Famous Grandfather (Or Grandmother)
You have just celebrated your sixtieth birthday and you are feeling as rotten as hell. Why? Because you suddenly realize that you are not going to leave anything valuable or tangible behind. Yes, you know you have been a good son, husband and father, but what about those great legendary stories that are told about certain persons? Will anyone talk about you in proud awe of something great that you did? Are you leaving behind a legacy?
I‟m already an old grandfather, you think, what can I do now? Isn‟t it too late? Come again, you said you are a grandfather, did you? That itself is a much powerful asset.
Have you noticed that many friends around you always talk about their grandparents? Not that their grandmother or grandfather built the Statue of Liberty or something, but just simple things. They talk about when Grandpop took them fishing down at the river and the great time they had. Or the fact that in the bad old days, Grandmother took the pains to collect scraps of cloth from the local tailor and stitched new trousers for them kids!
Are you spending any such quality time with your grandchildren? Are you going on adventures with them, or giving them good advice? Something that they will talk about in hushed tones when remembering their childhood? A daughter pays tribute to the grandfather of her sons in the poem below:-
“He loved everyone that's here, and some he never met, a man of patience and kindness, I know we won't forget. My boys loved him dear, with just a bushel and a peck, and never could they leave without a hug around the neck.”
You have a vast repertoire of your life experiences that you can share with your grandchildren. You can impart your work skills and your life skills to them, a little every day. They will learn from your mistakes and be inspired by your success and someday they will say – „You know, my grandfather used to say…” That‟s when you will know deep in your spirit, that you have become a „famous grandfather‟ and have left behind a great legacy.
People who leave rich legacies behind are aware of the importance of the richest asset of all – time.
Taking Charge of Time
One of the great motivational speakers of this century Rev Billy Graham says – „The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives. ...The greatest waste in all of our earth,