I was asked this by the owner of the last company I worked for. She liked to ask people this as she believed it made them think about their actions with other people. She wanted to know what you would want people to think and say about you once you have left.
Do you want them to be grateful that you’re gone or do you want them to say that you were a wonderful person and you worked hard and that they will miss you? I don’t know about you, but in a business situation, I would prefer the latter.
The same goes for your personal life and the people that are in your life. What legacy would you want to leave in the minds and hearts of your family. Would you want them to miss your presence or be thankful that you’re no longer there?
Trust me, they may love you very much but your presence may be toxic to them and when you’re gone, their mind and soul will probably be relieved even if their hearts are not.
I want to leave a profound legacy. I want my family to say that I was a determined person that persevered through the bad times and lifted people when they struggled to take the stress of daily life even when I should also have been stressed. I want them to say that my faith was astounding and my love for God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit was inspiring.
I want people to miss me for the wonderful person that I was to them but also to celebrate the life that I had because I was able to be joyful even in the darkest times. That I lead by example which made people want what I had because I was so at peace with the world and my circumstances because I knew that God is always in control.
They must be able to remember that I was a lover and not a fighter unless someone messed with my family, then I became the witch that everyone was scared of. I want my daughter to remember the lessons that I taught her and remember that I lead by example on those lessons so that she knew how it should look.
Too many times we allow life to get us down and then we don’t think about other people or how they see us and we turn on them. Yes, you should live your life without worrying what people think of you but I don’t believe that filters into being a good person. Do you really want to be remembered as someone that no one wanted to be around? I doubt it.
When it comes to living your life and not worrying what people think about you, I believe that is for how you dress, your likes and dislikes and the things you enjoy doing. I don’t believe it’s for being nasty to people for no reason, not caring about people and living your life only for yourself.
It has taken me a while and I still work on it daily, but I like who I am now and I like the legacy that I will be leaving. I love helping people. I love being able to assist them when life gets them down and lift them up into the light and out of the darkness. I don’t like giving up (sometimes to my own detriment) and I am determined to make something of my life even when my circumstances are dismal.
What legacy are you leaving? Is it something you need to work on? Let me know in the comments.
That’s it from me for now…
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Thanks for this beautiful piece of writting…I am inspired
Thank you for the compliment. I’m glad it was inspirational.