“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”—Pericles
“Mom passed away on May 12th.
“My family came down for two weeks from South Carolina. They took me on a three-day vacation to Key West, Florida. I enjoyed it, but at the same time, my heart was breaking because my mom was not here with me.
“I still cry every day. I try to avoid letting anyone see me cry, but the crying comes out of nowhere, and so does the sadness.
“No one understands my feelings unless they have been through a similar experience and have loved as deeply as I have my mother.
“What makes losing her doubly hard is losing my mother I have lost my best friend and confidant.
“Education and learning were values she instilled in me from early on. Mom was rarely without a book in her hand.
“After retirement, Mom enrolled in the class after class to broaden her knowledge. Now, I’m the same way.
“Yes, I strive to be just like my mom, who inspired me.
“How I miss my mother’s laughter, companionship, warmth, and friendship.”
(Source: A Family Caregiver’s Guide: 7 Secrets to Replace Negative Triggers with Positive Emotions”)
How to Pass on Your Knowledge
To “pass on your knowledge” means to share or transfer what you know, understand, or have learned to someone else.
Passing down knowledge means conveying information, skills, insights, or experiences you possess to another person or group of people.
This act of passing on knowledge can take various forms.
In Cynthia’s case above, her mother imparted the love of learning that leads to wisdom, which money cannot buy.
In this way, Cynthia’s mother gave her life lessons and values that would benefit her daughter throughout her life.
In passing down her knowledge related to lifelong learning, Cynthia’s mother gave her daughter the gift that “will keep on giving.”
How awesome is that?!
Leave a Positive Legacy
“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”—William Shakespeare
“The definition of a lasting legacy is the positive impact your life has on other people—friends, colleagues, even strangers. Your legacy is the sum of the personal values, accomplishments and actions that resonate with the people around you. It’s how you made a difference in the world whether that’s building a Fortune company of always putting a smile on peoples’ faces.”—betterup.com
How do you want to be remembered?
Your legacy is what makes you unique.
A positive legacy refers to the lasting and beneficial impact or influence an individual, organization, or society leaves behind for future generations.
Some people tie legacy to life purpose.
Legacy is the result of actions, decisions, and contributions that have improved the lives of others, contributed to the betterment of society, or advanced a particular cause or value.
Positive legacies can manifest in various forms, including:
- Social and Cultural Impact: Leaving a positive legacy can involve promoting social justice, advocating for human rights, fostering inclusivity and diversity, or contributing to the arts, culture, and education. For example, a musician who inspires generations with the music of an activist who fights for equality can leave a lasting cultural impact.
- Environmental Stewardship: Environmentalists and conservationists who work to protect and preserve the natural world can leave a positive environmental legacy. Their efforts may lead to the conservation of endangered species, the establishment of protected areas, or the adoption of sustainable practices.
- Philanthropy and Charitable Work: Individuals, families, or organizations that engage in philanthropy and charitable work can leave a positive legacy by supporting causes such as healthcare, education, poverty alleviation, and disaster relief. Their contributions can have a significant and lasting impact on those in need.
- Education and Mentorship: Teachers, mentors, and educators who inspire and empower students can leave a positive legacy by shaping future generations’ knowledge, values, and aspirations.
- Family and Personal Relationships: At an individual level, a positive legacy can be as simple as the impact someone has on their family and close relationships through love, support, and guidance. (Read Cynthia’s story above.)
Personally, I want my legacy to include my efforts to alleviate, at least to some degree, the suffering, frustration, resentment, and worry family caregivers experience while caring for an ill loved one.
Thus, my book titled A Family Caregiver’s Guide: 7 Secrets to Replace Negative Triggers with Positive Emotions is a transformative guide that promises family caregivers will go from feeling Duty or obligation to a loved one to Devotion or strong feelings of love and loyalty by following the guidance and using the tools in my book.
My book represents what I am doing for others and, thus, my legacy.
What Will You Do?
Will you leave a legacy behind?
Do you want to leave a legacy behind?
Here are five (5) steps to get you started:
- Define Your Values and Goals: Reflect on your values and what matters most. What do you want others to remember you for? What causes or principles are essential to you? Journal about what you want people to say and feel about you.
- Instill Your Values in Your Children: Teach your children the importance of living a life of honesty, goodness, and fairness, which is the most valuable legacy.
- Give Back: Consider how you can give back to your community or society, which involves volunteering, donating to charities, or starting a philanthropic initiative.
- Mentor and Educate: Passing on knowledge and skills is a powerful way to leave a legacy. Show how to apply your knowledge in real-life situations.
- Secure Life Insurance and Prepare a Will: An obvious way to leave a legacy are any physical or financial possessions such as real estate, investments, or a business.
To summarize, the definition of “Legacy” is passed on or handed down.
And as noted above, legacy can take many forms.
- To pass on your knowledge includes passing down wisdom, life lessons, and values within the family. In the example used in this article, Cynthia’s mother passed on her love of learning.
- To leave a positive legacy can manifest in various forms, including (1) Social and Cultural Impact, (2) Environmental Stewardship, (3) Philanthropy and Charitable Work, (4) Education and Mentorship, and (5) Family and Personal Relationships.
- There are five (5) steps you can take to leave a legacy: (1) Define your values and goals, (2) Instill your values in your children, (3) Give back, (4) Mentor and educate, and (5) Secure life insurance and prepare a will.
So, what do you think?
Do you want to leave behind a positive legacy?
It’s not too difficult to do.
Pass on Your Knowledge Leave a Legacy
Start today and begin to build your legacy!
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”—Winston Churchill