Creating Your Legacy


I find myself thinking about legacy more and more these days.

Perhaps it’s a natural part of getting older and comfortably settling in my middle years.

Switching career directions, after over 20 years of following one path, may have something to do with that too.

I watched the memorial tribute for Maya Angelou the other day.  And wouldn’t you know it, Oprah shared a conversation she had with Dr. Angelou about legacy.

“I remember when I opened my school in South Africa and I said to Maya Angelou, ‘Gee this will be my legacy.’ And Maya in her Maya way said, ‘You have no idea what your legacy will be. Your legacy is what you do everyday. Your legacy is every life you’ve touched, every person whose life was either moved or not. It’s every person you’ve harmed or helped, that’s your legacy.’   – Oprah Winfrey

And then I stumbled upon this post from Jonathan Fields, wherein he echoed the same sentiment.   He talked about legacy in the context of present day actions.

“What if”, he asks,  “instead of obsessing over the need to define what I’ll leave behind, I focused on creating the best possible present day dots and trusted they’d someday weave together to form a worthy story over time?”

Thinking about legacy, not in the context of someday, but about the conscious choices we make today.

I like that.

Does this resonate with you?  Have you ever thought about your legacy at all?  What are your thoughts about it?

Lou Blaser focuses on reinvention, and mentors men and women in their pursuit of fulfilling work and careers.  Please visit her at Second Breaks. 

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