Sometimes when we think about legacy, we see it as something that only certain people leave with their lives. We think that only people who are special in some way can leave a significant legacy.
We all leave a legacy.
No matter who we are, our life affects the rest of life.
I have been privileged to work with people who care about leaving a positive legacy with their life and actions. I have come to see that it is part of my mission in life to be a companion and coach to certain brilliant, wonderful, special people and help them make their dream projects, programs, businesses and fuller lives come into being. Work projects have always flowed to me in ways that often surprise me.
If I had to bottom line everything I have done and hope to do, it comes down to the idea of helping good people create more good in the world.
I am not alone.
Most of the bloggers I read, the friends that I have, my family and colleagues all have a commitment to leaving a positive legacy with their life and actions.
I was so saddened today to see the story of the man in Kansas City who killed three innocent people out of hate at a Jewish Community Center. There are people who do not leave a legacy that is good. They dedicate their life to hate, bitterness and destruction. Some of these people make life harder and more difficult for the rest of us.
Then, there are people like the woman whose son and father were shot in Kansas City, who did not allow a hater to have the last word. To display grace in the face of such a tragedy is inspiring.
My belief is that the vast majority of people care about leaving the world better than when they found it. I believe that we will find ways to heal our environment, our communities and create more peace.
We need to think about the legacy we are creating, and keep expanding our abilities to do good in the world.
This week’s contemplation:
In what ways, do you know that you are leaving the world a better place?
Can you celebrate the legacy you are creating?