How would you like people to remember you? Would you like to be remembered as a highly successful man? A man of influence and prestigious career? Or just a simple individual who touches lives through a selfless cause?
Every person has common basic needs. Stephen Covey says in his book “The 8th Habit” that we have four basic needs: to live, to learn, to love, and to leave a legacy. I strongly agree with him. We work in order to earn money to live. But not just that, even if we are receiving high compensation, we still find ourselves dissatisfied with our job when we feel there is no more room for learning new things. Why? It’s because all of us have that basic need to learn. And we marry and build our own families because we also have that basic need to love. Then, there’s that need to leave a legacy that may not look like a basic need to some people.
We may not be fully aware of it but deep within us is a longing to leave a legacy or something that we can be remembered for. Leaders leave a legacy. Teachers leave a legacy especially to the students. We have been enjoying what we have now because of scientists and inventors in the past who left us with the legacy of useful inventions like telephone and light bulb. They’ve been held in high regard and remembered for what they have done that benefits our generation. We all would like to leave a legacy. Like a river that leaves behind an amazing canyon by its natural erosive action, every action we do each day would gradually develop our legacy.
Now what legacy would you like to leave behind? A legacy of being a loving and sacrificing mother? A responsible father? A person of integrity, faith and good character? It doesn’t need to be as impressive as that of a scientist or a great world leader. We can start building that legacy now in our own little ways – something that would make your children or friends proud of your memory. Be that someone you would want to be remembered. We don’t want to be at the last minute of our existence filled with regrets saying, “How I wish I had done this and that”. As one English poet says: “’If I should die,’ said I to myself, ‘I have left no immortal work behind me—nothing to make my friends proud of my memory—but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered.’” So let’s start now before it’s too late.