This summer my 14-year-old daughter and I attended the funeral of one of her classmates. The tragic death of her and her boyfriend struck our small town very hard. The legacy that this young woman left was one of fun, intelligence and hard work; something we could all work herder to achieve.
As I walked this morning, “legacy” kept coming back to me. I thought of the conversations with my son about the sports stars with the vaunted records that are tainted with suspicions of steroid use. What legacies are they leaving? Will the “sports authorities” revise the record books and place an asterisk beside their name?
What of the Ken Lay’s and Bernie Maddoff’s of the business world? They were wealthy and powerful beyond the dreams of almost everyone; respected for their acumen in the world of finance and business. We now have Federal Laws written to protect us from the practices they employed.
As I write this, my family is at the beach; I am not with them because I had business meetings to attend. We found a good church, but I am unable to give fully of my time and talent because of business demands.
As I write this, the year is almost over. I will spend the next few weeks determining what I want my legacy to be. I will then make changes that will alter my course toward the best legacy for me, my family and the world.
I encourage you to spend time this holiday season examining your life and legacy. If they are not what you want to live and leave, then:
- determine what results you want
- decide that you really want them
- make small changes every day that take you toward your goal
If you need support, contact someone you trust. There will be some in your life who will attempt to hold you back because no one likes change. These people mean well but do not understand what you are doing. Love them, but ignore them.