Friday, June 04, 2010

What's your legacy?

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.

~ Pericles

What does leaving a legacy mean to you?

In light of recent events, I have started pondering the answer to this question. I would never be so bold as to suggest that I have left my legacy at the tender age of 28, as I believe it takes a lifetime to create, but what I am starting to question is how I want to be remembered.

A legacy, is evidence that your life mattered and that you made a difference in the world and in the lives of others. Building a legacy worth leaving behind begins each day and is made one decision at a time. It's how you treat those around you, your attitude day in and out, your work ethic and pushing to make each day better than the last.

It's the days your tired, staying late. Being cranky, but not taking it out on others. Spending time with someone, when you'd rather be alone. Taking the time to get to know those around you, rather than just saying 'hello'.

A legacy reflects who you are as a person and what your life was about. The question is not whether you'll leave a legacy but what legacy you'll leave. In the words of Dolly Parton, 'If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, than, you are an excellent leader.'

How do you want to be remembered?

~ Sasha

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