April 19, 2015 by Mike Lyles
PREFACE: I’ve had this blog on my mind all week. It’s been a while since I have written and I was thinking of this very topic as my first after so long. I had 90% of this writing complete and saved it as a draft this morning. As I sat in church today, my pastor began speaking and I realized that his topic today was exactly in line with this very article. He spoke of realizing your purpose in life and leaving something to the world long after you are gone. It’s times like these when I know that the work I do and the writings I share with the world are meant to occur.
This week I was watching “The Voice” and a song called “See you again” is being performed by Wiz Khalifa. The inspiring words are at the start:
It’s been a long day without you, my friend
And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
We’ve come a long way from where we began
Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
When I see you again
So many thoughts came to mind as I listen to these words. The one core though that stayed in my mind was how that, so many times in life, the moment is gone before we even realize it was happening. It reminded me of another phrase that I heard just yesterday once again:
“Life is what happens while we are making plans”.
Why are we unable to cherish and enjoy those special times in life to the fullest? Maybe it’s because the world is getting faster before our eyes. We’ve gone from having computers on our desk and laps to having them in our hands and wearing them on our wrists. Everything is at a faster pace than ever before in history.
But as I thought about the great people I’ve gotten to spend my life with – especially my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and parents – I’m reminded of what things I remember when I reminisce about the days of the past. And then I’m reminded of the legacy that was left to me; the lessons I’ve learned; the stories that I have been able to tell; and the experiences that have shaped my life to what it is today.
Then I’m reminded of one of my personal core values that I learned first from Stephen Covey: “To Live, To Love, To Leave a Legacy“.
It may sound crazy, but one of the many things I must ensure that I accomplish in life is to leave a legacy. To be remembered for something. To stay in the minds of others long after I am gone.
What is your legacy? What are you hoping to accomplish in this life that you want others to remember you by? Is it a book? Is it a charity event or effort? Is it helping others in need? Is it a great invention? Is it to help grow your company or organization? Is it to start your own company? Is it to provide a memory to your children and grandchildren of core values and a purpose in life? Or is it something even more large that changes the world forever?
We all have the potential. And we all have the same amount of time every day. Zig Ziglar stated that “We all have 24 hours in a day“. What are you doing with your days to leave your legacy?
I’ve learned that as we grow older new things become more important than others. I’ve learned many of the basic core goals of my life in just the last few years. I feel confident in telling you that when you realize what your goals, your aspirations, and your legacy encompasses, you will know it with clarity.
I would love to hear from you, reader, and what are your plans for leaving a legacy? Your life is important. Have you found your purpose? What is your purpose? How do you want to be remembered?