When all is said and done, what will be your legacy?

Today I am not sharing any hints about marketing. I am too filled with grief and sorrow to write about ezines and websites.

The truth is, while the world reflects on the death of Osama Bin Laden, my thoughts linger on my grandfather’s death and the impact his life had on the world (Read How to do the impossible). It may have been a local impact, but he lived fully and with great zeal until the very end, touching the lives of thousands of people.

Considering this, it’s only natural for me to imagine the legacy I might leave behind one day.  Unfortunately, the idea of legacy conjures up the question, “What do I believe in so strongly that I am willing to die for it?” and this just brings me back to the situation with Osama Bin Laden.

I wish all of these thoughts weren’t so mixed up in my mind – my grandfather, Bin Laden and the concept of legacy. But it’s an important comparison to make precisely because it is so preposterous.

In essence, one man will be remembered mostly for his role in revitalizing the Mississippi River and the other will be remembered for his attempt to destroy his enemy (at least from a Western perspective).

This silly comparison makes me realize one important thing about my life:

If I am going to be remembered at all, I want to be remembered for how I helped revitalize life or how I supported something I loved.

I do not want to be remembered for destroying something I hated.

In other words, I want to be remembered for my love of life, not my disdain of my enemy or the celebration of his demise.

But instead of pontificating on right versus wrong, and in light of what’s going on globally, I’m going to spend the day reflecting on the following questions and I invite you to join me:

What do you stand for with every breath you take, with every word you utter?

What impact do you want to have on the world, however local or global?

How is this reflected in your lifework, or life in general?

What do you believe in so strongly that you’re willing to die for it, not necessarily literally, but at least metaphorically?

How can you achieve this without harming others?

And finally, how can you share your voice with the world, even if others might oppose you every step of the way, and how can you do so compassionately?

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