Leaving a Legacy of Love Starts with These Five Simple Things
People often think that leaving a legacy requires material wealth. That’s an unfortunate misconception.
Every day, we leave a personal legacy through the way we live our lives and the impact we have on our family, friends, and community. How would you like to be remembered when you are called home?
In this article, we have compiled some thoughtful ideas for leaving a legacy that will live on for future generations and they don’t require an enormous bank account.
1. Share some history.
Why not pass on photos, newspaper clippings, letters, and other cherished mementos via scrapbooks or albums? Consider placing a short personal note inside for each of your loved ones to make these items even more meaningful. Digital printing allows you to easily and inexpensively create multiple copies so that each member of your family can have his or her own treasured keepsake.
2. Live generously.
Do you often give to those in need or assist others without expectation? If so, you will likely be remembered as a generous and kind person. And you don’t have to give money or other treasures to be charitable: giving of yourself is one of the greatest measures of generosity. When you make time for others and offer them your love and attention, it can be far more valuable than any amount of money. In the long term, what people will most remember about you is the way you treated them and how you added value to their lives.
3. Tell the story behind your bequests.
If you do have jewelry, antiques, art, or other possessions to pass on, leave a brief history with each piece and explain why it is important to you. For family heirlooms, share how it was passed down from generation to generation. Personal stories like these will make the items you leave behind cherished all the more.
4. Make amends.
At any time, you have the opportunity to forgive those who have hurt you or to ask forgiveness from those whom you have wronged. Doing so will free up your conscious and place a sense of peace in your soul. Try not to attack or blame the other person. The goal is to relieve yourself and that individual from holding onto past injuries. It’s a gift that is truly priceless.
5. Honor your legacy while you are living.
At the end of the day, our most indelible legacy is the way we live. Engage this life with gratitude, passion, and love. People will forget the details of your achievements, but the way you lived and loved will be etched in their hearts forever.
Remember that you alone are the architect of your life’s story. Legacies are made up of a combination of successes, failures, contributions, life lessons, actions, and the many other ways that a lasting impression is left on others. Leaving a legacy that is remarkable and memorable is easy when you realize it’s a reflection of who you are and how you live your life each day.
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