Here’s an interesting question for you. What do you want to be remembered for when you’re gone? What kind of legacy would you like to leave behind?
Since our life on this beautiful earth is limited, it’s only natural that we may want to leave some sort of legacy. What’s yours going to be? What do you want to be remembered for?
Living a purpose driven life makes this a lot easier. Imagine for a moment that you know exactly what you want to accomplish and what impact you want to have on your family, your loved ones, your friends, your community, and the world at large.
If that sounds a little overwhelming right now, don’t let the thought intimidate you – you can and will get there. Living with purpose starts small for most of us and grows exponentially as we notice the effect we can have on those around us. When we start to live intentionally and with an open heart, our capacity to encourage and make change happen grows – setting a fire that won’t be easily extinguished!
Even small changes and accomplishments are nothing to laugh at or dismiss. Raising your children well is an amazing feat and a wonderful legacy to leave behind in the world. Perhaps you’ll be remembered for the small community garden you started that will keep growing for years, outliving you and showing others how healthy, tasty and rewarding it can be to grow their own vegetables.
As you start to live with more purpose, you may get to a point where you’re wondering what else you can do. You may be asking yourself how you can help people around you and how you can make the world a better place. Asking yourself what you want to be remembered for and what your legacy will be is a great way to figure that out.
Here’s a little exercise you can do today: get out a piece of paper and write down what you would like your eulogy to be. Now that might sound a little morbid, but hang in there – doing this will help to condense your thoughts and intention regarding what you want to be remembered for and what values are important to you. Set it aside for a little while, then come back and read it.
As you re-read it, compare it to the life you’re leading right now. What do you need to change? What do you need to work on to make sure your life aligns with the eulogy you’ve written for yourself? That’s your game plan. It may take a while and it may change over time, and that’s ok.
What’s important is that we live our short lives with purpose and make the most of the years we’re given on this earth. Remind yourself of this and live a life full of things that you’ll be proud to be remembered for.