Every month has its quirky holidays. There’s ‘What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs?’ day in March. Just around the corner in June is ‘Yell Fudge at Cobras Day.’ And, of course, you can’t forget about ‘Race Your Mouse around the Icons Day’ in August! Love that one.
August, however, also brings us a deeper, more-introspective, thought-provoking topic in it being: ‘What’s Your Legacy?’ month.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized how loaded that question is. Dictionary.com defines a legacy as ‘anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor.’ When you start to think about your legacy, you’ll probably ask yourself, ‘How do I want to be remembered?’
This is a good start, but that’s all it is: a start.
It’s easy to say what you want your legacy to be, but how do you lay the groundwork? For me, it’s about making a conscious effort to be the person I want to be — day in and day out. I might not be there today… or tomorrow, but there really is no endpoint.
Nationally renowned psychiatrist, David R. Hawkins, put it best when he said, “We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become.”
As for my legacy, I would like to be remembered for my smile, and the kind, passionate and good-willed person behind it.
I challenge you to think about who you are and how you want to be remembered. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. I’ve also compiled some takeaways to get you started:
- Think about your legacy. What do you need to start doing to be the person you want to be remembered for?
- Talk about it. Talk to close friends and family members about what they want their legacy to be and vice versa. It could spark some very interesting conversations! And, there’s no time like the present to share what you admire most about each other.
- Write it down. In May, a Lancaster, Pa. man wrote his own obituary which received much attention. What would yours say?