According to dictionary.com, the second definition of legacy is
anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor
It’s something that continues with or without you. It’s something you can form or shape. It doesn’t have to be monetary. And when I think about legacy, it’s definitely more about spiritual growth and emotional wellness.
It’s about passing on the ability to work for healing. To embrace the hard work that comes with that. It’s the work of living loved. Surrendering yourself to God and showing what it looks like to follow God.
Ultimately, your legacy is the way that you live your life. It’s the foundation of who you are.
Your legacy is something that you can shape. It’s not stagnant. It’s ever changing and ever evolving.
And one of the big things to remember is that because you can change your legacy, it’s something that takes work to create.
I think about people who choose to focus on one word each year. They’re working to cultivate a habit, a new mindset, a new way of living life.
Your legacy is similar to this. It’s the idea that you can develop and create things in your life that you see missing.
The idea started for me when I realized there were things I did not want my daughter to live with some of the same hang-ups I currently struggle with on a regular basis. That meant I needed to take an active step towards working through those things. It may not mean I ever actually achieve the goal. For instance, I may not ever truly get to a goal weight that the doctors have in mind for me. But I can show my daughter what it looks like to care for your body by working out regularly, making healthy food choices, and making those things habit. Doing this will help shift my own mindset of what it means to be healthy and have healthy positive self-esteem. And it will teach my daughter that she can do those things too.
Your legacy life is one that can be copied. To teach healthy and positive things to the next generation.