7 STEPS TO LEAVE A PARENTAL LEGACY
What will they say about you when you are gone?
Good? Bad? Nothing? Angry? Sad? Fun? In the moment? Disengaged?…What will it be?
How about you making that decision now and be intentional about how you are living/parenting?
YOU can decide how you will be, react, respond, live, speak think, and act.
This will certainly gage how others (esp. family) will remember you when you pass on.
Here are some tools that my father Bob used to leave his legacy and heritage…
- Time… Togetherness, investment in quality relationships with intentional, time spent together.
- Communication…Talking, telling stories, laughing, and sharing life together, while communicating.
- Love for and Appreciation of Beauty… Noticing life intentionally: the flowers, people, gardens, plants ,trees,birds, animals, and the natural world.
- Love for People… Appreciation and thankfulness for those in our lives. Expressions of love through, hugs, focused attention, eye contact encouragement, and appropriate touch.
- Love for God… Actively having a love affair with our Creator, based in a worshipful heart disposition. Living in intentional expression in: church community, the Fellowship, the study of truth, prayer, using our gifts, and living a life of love for God and people.
- Having fun!… Being present, in the moment and spontaneous. Making time for what’s really important. Being able to stop and smell the flowers, taste the ice cream, and generally enjoy the simple things. “The best things in life are not things at all.”
- Being a Lifelong Learner… Possessing a hunger and thirst for truth, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and a compelling education. Truly being a student of life, with the intent of discovering your strengths and gifts and making application to make your world a better place.
You could put all of my father’s worldly possessions in his Chevy celebrity, yet he left us incredible riches. He taught and modeled a love for life, God, and people that will transmit for generations. He was not a flashy man, yet his life was compelling, and his heritage rich with meaning.
So what will it be for you?…Who are you?
What do you want to leave behind?
You are leaving something now, what is it?
What do you want to see more of?
What you see now that you’d like to make go away?
The answers to the above will define your heritage and legacy for years and generations to come…