Here’s a quick thought for you. Well, first a quick task followed by a quick thought. Okay, first, select your favorite search engine and search the word: Legacy. Now, if the majority of your results are related to the financial assets you leave behind then you are not alone. But this is a deeply flawed and misinformed definition of legacy. Your legacy, although affected by your assets (possessions) do not define in totum your legacy. I find the following definition a bit more all-inclusive and encompassing,

When a person dies, the mark the individual left on the world represents that individual's legacy. While a person's legacy can involve money, the concept of legacy is much larger than the value of an individual's estate. It is about the richness of the individual's life, including what that person accomplished and the impact he or she had on people and places. Ultimately, the story of a person's life reflects the individual's legacy. - Love To Know

I think this does a much better job helping change our thinking and refocus our attention on what truly matters and what is truly important in life…and in death.

So, now for the quick thought.

Legacy is fundamental to what it is to be human. Research shows that without a sense of working to create a legacy, adults lose meaning in their life. Exploring the idea of legacy offers a glimpse not only into human relationships and building strong communities, but also the human spirit. - The Legacy Project

Pretty strong language and pretty clear result - your legacy is important, your legacy defines who you are, how you live, and what you leave behind, in every sense.

Are you thinking about your legacy?

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