What would be your legacy?

@samson1 (738)
Jamaica
March 14, 2012 9:31pm CST
As a child, I often wondered what type of person I would be when I became an adult. I also thought what would be my legacy, over time. Fortunately, as an adult, I have become someone that I have never perceived myself to be in life (much to the surprise of family that I am apart of), and happily- by many standards- I have also self actualized over twenty years ago. Mylotters, could you kindly share your thoughts with me here? Given your present situation (and endowments) in life, what would be your legacy, and what would you like to be remembered by after your time on 'earth' has ended? Are you satisfied with your life at this time, and if not, how would you go about 'fixing' it?
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@sender621 (14956)
• United States
15 Mar 12
I sometimes think of what kind of laegacy i would like to leave behind some day. I always thought it would be something written and timeless to endure thrhough the years. i have come to the conclusion that my children would be my finest legacy to leave behind. What can say more about you and your life than your children?
@samson1 (738)
• Jamaica
16 Mar 12
Mmm, if the production of children is your legacy, then so be it. However, if after having them, you use all resources available to you to create the best quality of life for them as humanly possible; while ensuring that the family enjoys engendering the love, care goodwill, discipline, and all the attributes that transform your children into productive adults, then you may have created a better legacy in life. I am not going to be judgemantal, as I think you deliberately chose to be the best parent you can to your children. Wonderful. At least, you thought about the type of legacy that you would like to create, and did something about it. Some persons have not given this subject a thought as yet!
@mssnow (9493)
• United States
15 Mar 12
I would hope that my legacy would be to have been a great mother to all of my children. That is all i have to offer. But i really feel it is well worth remembering. My children have all done well as adults so I would hope they keep my memory alive for that reason.
@samson1 (738)
• Jamaica
16 Mar 12
Congrats mother. Based on your comments, you seem to have conveyed the greatest lessons about family life, duty, commitment, and how to be a productive human being, among other things to your children; from within your household. Certainly, you should be enjoying the benefits of your hardwork and dedication to family, that you instilled in your children who are adults now. Perhaps, I should say to you, well done! Given your endowments, you seem to have done your best at building your legacy- through your children.
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@airasheila (5459)
• Philippines
15 Mar 12
Honestly, I have no wealth to be handed over to my family. Since, until now, I am still in the process of reaching my goals. And one of them is to die a millionaire. But, I guess, I won't be able to reach that, so I am setting myself that I cannot give any large amount of money to my family eventually. That, I cannot give them a big amount of wealth when I die. However, I am just making the most out of it. That, I am just doing my best for them. Giving my entire self as my way of servicing them. The quality of love, attention and care are the only things that I am proud to be hand over to them. As my motto in life says, I shall pass this way but once, if therefore there will be any kindness I can show or good thing I can do, then, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again. As I will just have my life only once, so I rather show my best love and care for my family and loved ones. And this traits are the legacy that I can give and be proud of.
@samson1 (738)
• Jamaica
16 Mar 12
Powerful comments indeed. Allow me to comment on your response. In my opinion, the 'notion' of a legacy should not be exclusively linked to the handing over (or begreath) of wealth to family and/or loveones. Reinforcing the point that you made earlier, the truth is that not everyone will be able to ammass enough wealth in their lifetime, and be able to leave wealth for loveones to enjoy (or fight over) when they die. Given that you are striving to create your legacy based on the development of and the sharing of kindness, love and attention to your family and loveones, then 'go for it'! Ooh, I like your 'life motto'.
@obe212003 (2302)
• Philippines
15 Mar 12
It is a tough question as I think there would be no satisfaction all lifelong in spite of having everything in life. The fact that there is a tendency of wanting more out life can offer. Legacy, perhaps for me, would be making a difference in other people's lives especially in terms of striving to be in the rational path humanely.
@samson1 (738)
• Jamaica
15 Mar 12
You have raised some interesting points here. However, have you considered that trying to extract more out of life that is available (or possible) could be the motivational force or catalyst may be used to shape ones legacy.., even yours? Let me be the villain here. Say for example, there is a 'strange' reason why you think (God forbid) that through your actions,you may not realise everything or anything significant about your life. Even if you think that way about yourself, while you are alive, other persons; whose lives you 'touched', or the effect of your work on earth may cause them to learn something valuable in life (or about you), to the benefit of world in the future! Despite how you feel about yourself, the life you live may contribute to making the world a better place! This may be your legacy! What do you think about that?
• United States
15 Mar 12
I don't really think I'd have much of a legacy to leave behind at the moment - just a lot of little origami figures and some half-finished pieces of art floating around. Frankly I would most want to be remembered for my art after my time has come. I'd like to hope the feelings I put into my work would be able to be felt by others in the future. I've no delusions about impacting the world, but I'd like to at least hope I could make some sort of difference in the lives of people I meet over time.
@samson1 (738)
• Jamaica
15 Mar 12
Hi Polaroidsredwine, how are you? I think that you are in a very unique and exteemed position in life (and in your life). I think you have chosen to, and enjoyed expressing yourself by using the techniques of the 'fine arts' to do so. May I share this secret with you? I have been fortunate to live (and study) in the land of origami for a while, and while I was residing there, I appreciated the efforts made to produce such an arrangement. Perhaps, you may need to promote your handywork, especially in the 'non-traditional' market. Never mind about your legacy, because I think you are shaping it as you go along. Guess what? You are still alive; and you can still make a significant impact on the persons who interface with you and benefit from your work. Mmm, may I ask if this activity (origami and artwork) your main line of business or do you do it as a hobby? Regardless, continue to enjoy what you do, and the world will share your joy; through your presentations, ok?
@dazzledlady (1624)
• Philippines
15 Mar 12
Frankly speaking at the moment. I do not think that when I die I have a legacy to pass on. I am nowhere to where I want to be but im working on it. I just hope that at my field of work, I was able to touch other people's lives and be remembered for that. A nameles being able to be a part of their lives. But what I really want to be pass on as part of my legacy is to be able to make a difference in this world. Its kind of hard and idealistic, but that has been my dream since I can remember.
@samson1 (738)
• Jamaica
15 Mar 12
Keep at it, keep working at it. Given what you said, you must have touched the life of someone in a possitive way; who perhaps, after you die, may come forward to praise you. I hope this pesron praise you for your efforts while you are alive, ok? I sincerely wish you the best in that regard.