OUR Legacy is YOUR Legacy
We often talk about us all producing this legacy, one we are duty bound to deliver to the next generation. There are a lot of people who share the ownership of this legacy including our volunteers, an aspiring Intentional Community and a committed team at the Missing Kind charity.
Leaving a legacy for others to follow is part of what drives us; we follow others who went before us and who left a legacy for us to build on. Now we are missioned to make sure that those who come after us will have another trail to follow too. There are literally thousands of men and women who lived in a way that affects our lives today. Many of whom had their lives taken away because of that mission for social justice, many never recognised for their courage and achievement.
Why is leaving a legacy important?
Here are a few reasons that we hope will inspire others to keep their own focus on delivering social change for a just life.
If any of this resonates with you; if you want to leave a lasting positive legacy and enjoy creating it with us then get in touch.
(Apologies and thanks to the unknown author of these following words)
1. It is part of the ongoing foundation of life.
Those who came before leave us the world we live in. Those who come after will have only what we leave them. We are stewards of this world, and we have a calling on our lives to leave it better than how we found it, even if it seems like only a small part.
2. It has the raw power for good and for bad.
There are people who have changed the world for good, people who have opened up new worlds for millions of others, people who have spurred others on to new heights. And, conversely, there are people who have caused massive destruction for countless millions, people who left a wake of pain behind them wherever they went. There are parents who have blessed their children with greatness and parents who have ruined their children’s fragile minds and hearts. What we do affects others. Our lives have the power to create good or purvey evil. It is important that we choose to do good.
3. It is an act of responsibility to leave a legacy.
Because of the power of our lives and the legacies we leave, it is a great responsibility to choose to leave a positive legacy. All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine. I truly believe that part of what makes us good and honourable people is having a foundational part of our lives based on the goal of leaving a legacy.
4. It breaks the downward pull of selfishness that can be inherent in us all.
When we strive to leave a legacy, we are acting with a selflessness that can only be beneficial for everyone. Yes, I suppose someone could work hard to earn money so that when he or she dies a building or a street is named after them, some glorified in Halls of Fame, many quite amazing talented people. But! That is not the kind of legacy we are talking about.
We are talking about legacies that make life better for those who come after us, not about our own fame or recognition, but about helping others. After all, we won’t be around to watch our legacy. To build that which will last beyond us is selfless, and living with that in mind breaks the power of selfishness that tries so desperately to ingrain itself in our lives.
5. It keeps us focused on the big picture.
Legacy building is part of the “big picture”. It keeps us focused on the long term and gives us values that we can judge our actions by. When we are acting based on selfishness, personal expediency and the like, we are focusing on the “small picture”—whatever is pragmatic right now. When we are building a life that will give for many years, we are thinking “big picture”. Ask yourself: How does this action affect my overall goals? How will this affect people in the years to come?
Yes, your legacy is very important. Reflect on how we are going to use the lessons, information and skills from those before you to build a life that leaves a tremendous legacy!