We only get one life. That’s it. Just one.
One chance to make what matters most happen.
I hate to be so grim, but with all the discussion this time of year about goals, I think we also need to talk about legacy.
According to Google, the definition of legacy is “an amount of money or property left to someone in a will.”
That’s nice, but that’s not what I’m talking about. To me, legacy means so much more.
Not only is it what we leave behind, but it’s also how we live while we’re here.
To me, legacy is about REALLY living.
It’s about knowing what you value and what’s most important to you, and making those things a priority so that life feels full and meaningful.
It’s creating a life that says you were here.
It’s making your mark on the world, even in the smallest of ways.
It’s leaving the world better because you were here.
It’s knowing what kind of woman do you want to be.
Your legacy doesn’t begin when you’re no longer here. You can live your legacy now.
As Annie Dillard says, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
So true, right? Time goes so quickly, and it’s super easy to just do what we can to get through each day.
But the days turn into months and years, and if we aren’t mindful of what we want our legacy to be, then time passed can be opportunities lost.
The good news is, we don’t have to let life happen TO us. We can create the life we want to live!
When you think about planning ahead, making goals and resolutions, Dr. Stephen Covey says, “Begin with the end in mind.”
Having clarity on your big picture vision of your life and keeping the idea of legacy in mind, helps to create purpose in each day.
So I ask you, how do you hope people will describe you when you’re gone?
Is how you’re spending your days getting you closer to being the kind of woman you want to be?
In your old age, what do you want to say you’ve accomplished?
What will matter most at the end of your life?
Spend time tending to those things now.
There’s a fantastic poem in the book Live Your Dash, Make Every Moment Matter by Linda Ellis that I highly recommend. The poem talks about the dash between our birth date and our death date on our tombstone. Here’s an excerpt:
“...To many, it is but a hyphen...marking time between the years, but in that little dash, is a lifetime of laughter, love, and tears. We each create the legacy our dash will someday represent and decide if the life we’re given is truly lived...or merely spent…”
As you create your goals for next year, I urge you to keep a big picture vision of your life in mind as you plan so you can begin to live your legacy.
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