With all the stress and strife that we have in our lives today, it’s so easy to forget what’s really important. It’s even easier to forget because not only is the world changing so quickly, our lives seem to be moving a lot faster than when we were young! So it becomes important that we just take step back, remember the past, embrace the future, and try and leave a piece of us behind.
Wouldn’t you like to leave an even a small piece of you behind, for your next generation, and the generations to come? Your heritage is what was passed down to you, and what you will pass on to your family. It could be traditions, beliefs, significant items, stories and pictures. It could be something concrete that they can hold in their hand or an anecdote has been repeated over the years. But whatever it is, you want to keep that alive.
I like to associate legacy with heritage. The majority of us know exactly where we came from, who our ancestors were, how they came here, and if we’re lucky enough, what they left us. Not I’m not just talking about family heirlooms that have been passed down the line of generations, but also the history and the culture that they came by.
I know that I would love to know exactly where my great-great-great-great grandparents came from. I would love to have a picture of my family from their conception. I would love to know their traditions, the ones that were lost along the way. Was there a special recipe that was passed down the line, or a family motto, maybe a name that’s been passed down that goes back hundreds of years, and why it’s significant, etc.? I’m sure you get the picture. Maybe these questions have been in your thought for awhile, too.
It’s too late go back, but it’s never too late to move forward. Now is the time that you can start thinking about leaving your own legacy, or a legacy of your current family and friends. And have you thought about leaving a legacy of your business? Or your pet? Your favorite place? Your most meaningful quote?
Stephen R. Covey summed it up the best when he said:
“There are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfillment. The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase, ‘to live live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy.’ The need to live is our physical need for such things as food, clothing, shelter, economic well-being, health. The need to love is our social need to relate to other people, to belong, to love and to be loved. The need to learn is our mental need to develop and to grow. And the need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal, congruence, and contribution.”
Excerpt from David Heard’s book, Love Flag: Helping You Remember & Celebrate Your Loved Ones. Purchase Here.