I love to review my old journals; it’s like reading novels where the authors are all previous versions of me. I find it therapeutic to look back and see how much my mindset has changed over the years.
When I think about how I traversed the difficulties of life, I’m amused by how stressed I was. I would get so overwhelmed by things that seemed monumental at that point in time. Now, majority of those things are insignificant details of seasons passed. While certain events or situations of my life may no longer be important, what is and always will be important is my legacy.
My legacy is about giving, serving, and creating opportunities for my sisters to win. My legacy is about making sure others feel seen, heard, and loved. I learned about giving generously by watching my dad. There were times when people would come to our house in the middle of the night in need of money or food. My dad would always give people what they needed, and he did it with a smile! He was happy people felt safe enough to come to him and that he had the resources to help them. My dad inspired me to be just like him. I value living out his legacy every day, and now his legacy is now mine, too.
I live my legacy daily because I understand that time is valuable. I can always make more money, but I cannot make more time; once time is gone—it’s gone for good. So, I practice living my legacy daily by prioritizing service. For example, if I see someone post a need on Facebook, I will respond and help or share the post if I am not able to help directly.
I live my legacy daily by paying for the order behind me at Starbucks or letting someone go ahead of me in the line at the grocery store. I live my legacy daily by leveraging my accomplishments and success to be a blessing to others. Living my legacy daily nourishes my soul and causes a ripple effect of positivity for those around me. By being of service to others, I create space for others to do the same.
As I reflect on my life, I feel overwhelmed with gratitude for the experiences I have had, the lives I have touched, and the lives that have touched me. When I am no longer here, I want to be remembered as a generous woman with a servant’s heart. I want to be remembered as someone who loved seeing others win and who enjoyed teaching others how to fulfill their purpose. I want to be remembered as someone who poured into others and who held the hands and hearts of my sisters so closely that our heartbeats were in sync.
I always tell people, you do not have to be rich to leave a legacy, you just have to want to make life better for someone else in whatever capacity that you are able to. You just have to want to leave the world a little better than it was before you got here. I am exceedingly grateful that I can live my legacy today while I am alive and well. I pray that as you read this, you feel encouraged and inspired to do the same.
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