Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in Uncategorized
“Legacy is not about what you gain from this life but what you give,” wrote Daniel Henderson. “Even people of meager means and difficult circumstances can focus their life on a greater cause and the needs of others.” 1
Andrew Carnegie, one of the wealthiest U.S. businessmen of the nineteenth century, summarized it well: “No man becomes rich unless he enriches others.” 2
I might be having a mid-life crisis.
But, Actually I think I’m experiencing a mid-life challenge.
Maybe it was the TreeHouse, “Aspire To Reach Higher” Gala.
Maybe it was the funeral and the legacy Vern left behind.
Maybe it was the timely reading of Daniel Henderson‘s book.
Maybe it was all the regrets that I know children, like me, have had.
I just know that changes need to happen, and I don’t want to wait until it’s too late to make necessary changes.
Invest In People
Billy Graham wrote reminding us to add to our legacy. No matter who we are we can “indulge ourselves, or we can use (our lives and resources) to make an impact on the lives of others. In other words, the choice we face is between empty self-indulgence and meaningful activity.” 3
I tend to be an active, achievement-measuring, project-oriented person. I felt inspired to refocus my efforts when Henderson challenged us to beware the things that might undermine my legacy. “At the end of our lives, our projects will be forgotten. Our awards will be discarded. Our degrees will be meaningless. Our legacy will instead be told through people.” 4
People pass on our wisdom.
People develop our ideas.
People carry our vision.
People multiply our love.
As William James wrote, our legacy is measured, “not by its duration but by its donation.”
“Let’s make wise and generous donations in people,” is #mysilentscream.
Notes: Quotes 1-4 are from Daniel Henderson’s book, Deeper Life, The: Satisfying the 8 Vital Longings of Your Soul available here.