After hearing the news of the recent passing of a fellow musician, it forced me to reflect on the lasting impact one has beyond their short existence on earth. Have you ever attended a funeral and found your mind wondering what food they were going to be serving at the house afterwards? I know that’s a terrible things to focus on, but my point is not to be overlooked. People occupy our lives due to physical space. Once they are gone, they cease to occupy that physical space. The only way their influence in our lives remains is when they offer us something more. Today I was challenged to question what else I offer and ask the question: How long will people remember me once I’m gone?
Since getting my insurance license in January I’ve been bombarded with horror stories of people who died too soon without the proper life insurance in place. The truth is, no one really dies on time. If we knew when we were going to die we wouldn’t live the way we lived.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been totally immersed in the news of someone being sick or involved in a tragic accident, only to continue with life as usual only a few days after their passing. That is a fact of life that everyone experiences because we all are focused on living life and doing our normal routine.
How do we have an impact in the lives of those around us long after we’re gone? How can we leave such an impact that our legacy lives on and on through the years causing people to remember us long after we’re gone?
Here are a few ideas that will help you leave a legacy beyond your physical space:
- Invest in others-Stop living just for yourself.
- Do what you were created to do so you are not robbing those around you of your unique gifts and talents
- Be a giver-Allow yourself to be a vessel where your blessings can flow into the lives of others.
If you died today, how long would it be before you were merely a fleeting memory in the minds of those you loved? I’ve reflected on this and realized I am far too selfish at times. I want to be remembered as someone who made others feel important, not merely an obstacle that stood in the way of me getting to my goals and ambitions.
What about you? Are you living in such a way that others will think of you long after you’re gone?
Question: What is one thing you need to change the most so others lives will be impacted with your legacy?
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