We are but a speck in the moment of time situated between the past and future. We sit in the present. Every breath we breathe, every word we say, every decision we make; contributes to our legacy. Every single moment of every single day, we are creating the legacy we leave behind.
That scares me to death. However, it also creates an excitement deep within my soul. The time is now for us to create the legacy we want to leave.
It’s our time, It’s our moment. Do something great!
We determine our legacy by our actions. However, legacy begets legacy and therefore what we do and how we do it, sets the stage for future legacies. We all have our own lineage legacies that are the basis for who we are. It is up to us to carry the torch or change for the future. It is our moment and our time to shine.
We must influence others to change what is necessary to create a stronger legacy for the future. We must be the example we want others to follow.
Albert Schweitzer said; “Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it’s the only thing.”
We build our legacy from who we are and who we’ve become. It is reflected in our actions and our social footprint. This begins with a deep respect for our deepest values. What is it we hold most sacred? What is our purpose here? What can we pass on or teach? What is our place? The answers to these questions are determined by our character. Character is the mark left on us by life and will be the mark left on our legacy. It’s the impact we make while we are here and the trace we leave when we are gone.
Character is what defines us. It’s what people see. It’s what people will say about us when we are gone. Character is one of the most important things we have. Character is cultivated from of our faith, commitment and the responsibility we take for our actions.
John Wooden said, “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while reputation is merely what others think you are.”
Our time is limited. Understanding that life is fragile and not guaranteed is crucial in the decisions we make and actions we take. I believe our greatest responsibility is to honor those who came before us and those who will come after. The legacy we leave will be reflected in the life we live. Our actions today will echo beyond our time, creating our legacy.