As I march toward another chapter in my life with each year being a chapter, I know more than ever that I have not lived so passionate as to have made the greatest mark upon humanity for a legacy to be revered in the hearts of men and women beyond the conclusion of my life.
Considering the life of William Shakespeare, an English poet, or George Washington, the first President of the United States or Dr. Martin Luther King, who became the most visible leader in the Civil Rights movement or Abigail Adams 1744-1818, a protector of women rights or Henry Ford who developed the first affordable automobile, they all left their legacy upon humanity. Their legacies will be written and re-written in classroom books for many generations to come.
I believe that in this world with the limited time and space given to us that we must take on the responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine the future society of great men and women could hope to achieve. To this end there are three points that comes to mind.
- First, let’s carve our name in the hearts of men and women and not just upon the headstones. However grand or lack thereof, the legacy we leave behind will be etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about us will be told to our heirs.
- Second, I think that all humanity is yearning to hear someone say, I love you. For myself, if I could leave the labor of love and compassion as my legacy in this world, then I think I’ve done my job in a world that’s getting colder and colder by the day as stated by the great composer Lionel Richie.
- Last, it is stated that immortality is to live your life doing good things, and leaving your mark behind so that others will have a lasting road map to follow after you.
The most influential people, the ones who leave behind incredible legacies, will live on in the hearts of the people they touch. Physically, they will no longer be a part of society; however, their principles, their philosophies, and their achievements will become immortal, spreading like the radiant sun light to future generations.
I encourage you to continue making your mark upon this world today by pushing yourself beyond just the ordinary but rather to greatness. Benjamin Franklin said that “you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, if either you write something worth reading or you do something worth writing about.” So how will people remember you!
Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!
By Chaplain Ghosten