In the blink of an eye your life could be over. Would you be able to say that you lived a good life? Do you imagine you would be pleased with what your friends and family would say about you when you’re gone? Could you say you left a legacy?
Last week, I sat in a meeting that was also attended by the principal of my children’s school. The principal received a text and the meeting broke up when he explained that the recently hired president of our school had been killed in a tragic car accident that day. We gasped in shock. I did not know the man, but as I drove quietly home, my heart broke for the horrible pain his family was going through and would continue to experience.
Soon, a friend texted me, that the community had quickly organized a rosary at the church at 9:00 pm. I jumped in my car and went; fearing with such short notice that it wouldn’t be well attended. I was shocked at the number of people who made it to this impromptu rosary in such a short time. In only 1½ hours, around 250 people attended with a sadness in their walk and tears in their eyes. It turned out that this man had been a big part of the community and he and his wife were extremely happy to be returning to take on his new role. Many people spoke of his positive attitude, his giving nature, his joy for life even with his less than ideal childhood. He had the ability to look at the bright side.
The funeral was packed to overflowing, and the pastor even choked up with the grief of losing someone so dear to him. I have been so proud of the way my new community has rallied around this man’s family in both prayer and with resources.
This man wasn’t famous or rich. He had just lived a good life. He had impacted those around him with his presence and his positive attitude. He went out in the world and lived with passion. He made a difference. He left a legacy.
Are you living your life with passion? Are you leaving a legacy? If you haven’t started yet, what’s stopping you?
The good news is that sometimes little changes can have huge results. The list of ways to begin is practically endless. You could start by checking out a book on finding your passion from the local library. A couple of my favorites are: The Angel Inside by Chris Widener or The Seed by Jon Gordon.
Surround yourself with people who build you up and make you smile. Start a gratitude journal where you write down 3 things you were thankful for that day (the only rule is: you can’t repeat). This will cause you to notice and focus on the good, because tomorrow may be too late.