All of us, whether we lived big lives or modest ones, have important lessons and stories that can benefit future generations.
A legacy is something we leave behind to be remembered by. It is the story of someone’s life: the things they did, places they went, goals they accomplished, their failures, lessons, values and more. Your legacy is the bridge between generations. Your stories tell about your unique life experiences and lessons. They also tell about the era in which you have lived.
Everyone has a story to tell, but once you’re gone, those stories are gone too.
Leaving a legacy is fundamental to what it means to be human. The idea of leaving a legacy reflects our need to be remembered for what we have contributed to the world. A legacy may take many forms. It can be an object that holds deep, personal meaning, or it can be the ideals and values you pass to your children (and grandchildren). A family legacy is the accomplishments, beliefs, actions and guidance you demonstrate in your lives that carry forward to future generations in a fashion which allow those family members to adopt and adapt them to make their lives meaningful and fruitful.
“The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” —William James