This past weekend, I attended an 80th birthday party on Saturday and a memorial service on Sunday. I suppose I could use these two events to muse about the cycle of life, but I’ve actually been thinking of it in a different way.
Both parties were celebrations of life. The first was a celebration of the life he lived and how he, himself, continues to touch the lives of others. The second was a celebration of the life she lived and how she continues to touch the lives of others through the people she touched when she was alive.
The legacy we leave depends on how we live our lives everyday. At the memorial service, I heard stories of the big and small ways that this friend of mine touched countless lives. She probably never knew what an impact she had, or how that will continue, each person touching the life of someone else because of something she did.
And so it goes with us. We will never know the full impact of the things we do for people. It could be that something as simple as always smiling when you greet someone will impact lives for years to come. That smile could make someone think of you fondly and choose to always smile when they greet someone, remembering how you always made them feel you were truly happy to see them.
My question to you is: How are you choosing to live your life now in order to leave the legacy that you want to leave?
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