Everyone leaves a footprint in life, a string of actions and memories... a legacy (if you will). The question is whether your legacy is one in which you are proud of, conscious of and positively impactful on others for the better?.
Although the title of this post is instructive, in context your longlasting impact is a byproduct of not trying at all.
In this short mind dump I’ll explain the trap most fall into when attempting to live a fulfilled, purposeful and impacting life. After which I would hope you’d be in better standing to create a life you’ll love and others will feast on, long after you’ve crossed over.
Ok, let’s get into it.
Understanding your story
Knowing and becoming aware of the string of events that have inspired, motivated and shaped you as a person is a key to appreciating your life. It can also give you context to where you’re located currently. (on your path in life). Every life has peaks and valleys. However, a valley is merely a temporary and opportune moment in time, when zoomed out and viewed from above. In comparison, when perspective is no wider than the valley itself, it can be frightening and overwhelmingly uncertainty. This tends to influence our thoughts, attitudes and therefore our actions. When we’re in this cycle, we leave a trail of inheritance (a legacy, if you will) behind that we may not be overly proud of.
Becoming mindful of our legacy is greatly beneficial, we can do this by…
- Getting to know your story, remember the catalysts and chain of events that formed your life, your successes, your most significant motivators, failures, lessons learned, and paradigm shifts.
- Then get grateful for everything that’s been afforded you. Every event that that was an opportunity to expand, learn and develop. Becoming your greatest self requires varying situations of every kind to challenge all aspects of you.
Self-alignment and living from your buzz.
In short, when you’re lit up by the very things that are aligned with your values, able to channel your gifts and contribute to the greater universal good, you’re simply at your best. It is a person who is performing at this level that can effortlessly contribute the most.
Empathy and Compassion
There are two things that we should never leave home without, empathy and compassion. In fact, they’re especially required at home whether you live with family, friends or alone.
Empathy allows you to see in ex-ray mode, through people’s barriers and behaviours. Often you’ll witness someone saying or doing something totally misaligned who they truly are. Although, we are so often in automatic mode, driven by life’s cues and demands, we fail to recognise the deception of the coping mechanisms, calls for help and countless other insecurities that motivate the masses.
Instead, we’re triggered by the actions we can’t see past and as a result throne two and throw like a rag doll, depending on the action and the meanings we’ve attributed to them from our past developmental stages of life.
There is another way. Acquiring the superpower of empathy. The ability to see past the action and through the life of the other person. This perspective sets of engagement of emotional caring and actions of kindness.
If we want to leave a legacy, treating others with acts of love and kindness is the highest inheritance we can pass on. However, to be consistent and to override our typical, conditioned reactions, developing a habit of empathy is key. If we can see past the actions and through another person viewpoint, we’re in a position to give a possed to take. We have the power to give love, healing, space, advise time; even when it’s undeserving, aka Grace.
I am not a student of human nature. I am a professor of a far wider academy of which human nature is merely a part. Allow me to congratulate you, sir. You have the most totally closed mind that I’ve ever encountered. The past is another country. 1987’s just the Isle of Wight. You may disguise your features but you can never disguise your intent. New-new-Doctor. There’s always something to look at if you open your eyes! Oh, my giddy aunt! Do try and keep out of my way in future and in past, there’s a good fellow. The time continuum should be big enough for both of us.
Nine hundred years of time and space, and I’ve never been slapped by someone’s mother. Well, you’re very similar heights. Maybe you should wear labels. Oh, I always rip out the last page of a book. Then it doesn’t have to end. I hate endings! The best thing about a machine that makes sense is you can very easily make it turn out nonsense. We all have a universe of our own terrors to face. No. That is not the question. That is not where we start. It may be irrational of me, but human beings are my favourite species.