Today’s post is our last in the “Finding Joy In Our Journey” series. Click on the link in the previous sentence to see all the posts including the five aspects of life that, if embraced, can bring us joy. Now to the concluding post in this series!
Legacy isn’t a topic that comes up a lot nowadays. In our insta-everything culture we pretty much live in the moment and always with a, “what’s next?” expectation. In fact, decisions, pace, news, friendships, circumstances, all move so fast that we don’t even see how the present is constantly changing with or without our knowledge. So the idea of “making a mark” on the world isn’t so much about legacy anymore, it’s about how many “likes” our last social media post got or if our 15 minutes of fame actually make it past 3 or 4. It also seems to have become more about tailoring our impact on those around us according to what our audience likes and expects, instead of being true to self and leaving a legacy that is as unique as we are.
I think being fully present in the “now” is a great thing. However, it must be in context. The past informs and gives context to the present. The present is lived with that knowledge in hopes that wisdom from experience will result. Once wisdom and experience come into play, we then have an opportunity to provide hope for ourselves, family and
I am convinced that vanity and
I am not kidding. I think everyone should have a personal mission statement. Here’s mine:
How is your life gathering and preparing hope for the future? What kind of “elder” will you be? How will you invest in the future and how do you want to be remembered? To set the course for this phase of life, what is your personal mission statement? Here’s mine (still editing it :)):
To take both the good and bad in my life and transform those experiences into something that is life-giving for anyone who may be interested. To be an advocate against injustice and for LGBT+ equality and dignity. To be known as a man who loved his God, his partner, our family, and our community with a whole and free heart; and that I wish the same for everyone.
Are you ready to work on your personal mission statement? To be intentional with the legacy you are building? I hope so. I believe doing so will be an encouraging exercise.
So, will you seek to be intentional