We all dream of and want the world to become a better place. Well, most of us certainly do, if not all.
So, if we work for it in the right way, we can make a huge difference and bring drastic goodness in the world.
The good that we do doesn’t go away. It stays.
It is absorbed, accumulated, and adopted by people who live after we’re gone.
Yes, it is a fact that we will die one day, and that’s nothing to fear of or be sad about.
But the saddest thing would be to not leave any good behind in the world.
Whether you live your life well or not – what matters is that you make a positive difference in the lives of the people even after you die.
This happens when you leave a legacy behind that is honored, respected, valued, and imbibed by people. This helps them to better their lives and spread the goodness in the world.
So, what legacy will you leave behind in the world?
What Is A Legacy
Let’s first understand the meaning of legacy and start with the basics.
According to the dictionary and legal definitions of legacy, it is a gift by will of money or personal property.
For some, legacy is something that is transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor. It is something that is passed on to you from your family members.
Legacy is inheritance. Legacy is your gift to the world. Legacy is your act of gratitude.
The gift you leave behind becomes the birthright of your people. Your gratitude becomes goodness for many.
It could also become the heritage of your culture, the custom of your society, or the pride of your nation.
Legacy is powerful, valuable, and your best charity or donation to the world.
Is legacy confined to only materialistic wealth?
Of course, not! Values are more precious than valuables.
The best legacy is your contribution to humanity by serving a cause greater than your own.
The least and best we can do is to teach our children or fellow human beings how to live a life of values, become good human beings, and have love in their lives.
Isn’t that the legacy you want to leave behind in the world?
Why Bother About Legacy
But why should you even bother about others?
Live your life the way you want, have fun, spend as you like, and do anything you want to do. After all, it’s your life!
Why should you even care about what you leave behind if you’ll not be there to reap the benefits from it later?
Well, if you do think that way, then you are wrong.
You have to bother about the legacy you leave behind because you’re indebted.
You see, you owe the life you live to others who lived before you. Your life mostly depends on what you inherited.
People live their lives, work with their heart and soul and leave behind the results after their lives end. The impact of these end results becomes the start point for others and the reason for the results they produce in turn.
The chain goes on. The process gets refined. The results get better.
The good impact that you leave behind instigate others to do better. The better is developed into the best by others that follow.
So, the good legacy that you leave behind helps the world to become better.
It is in your best interest if you want your loved ones to have the best to their disposal and live a good and better life.
It’s not about earning a name or fame, it’s about giving back.
You’re thankful for what you got, aren’t you? It’s your turn to say thanks.
The best way you say it is through the legacy you leave behind.
What To Do To Leave A Good Legacy
You learned the importance of legacy. You also realize that you’re responsible for the state of your loved ones and the world after you leave the world.
Now, the question is how and what to do to leave a good legacy?
One fact that you can easily derive is that you need to do good. But how does one do that?
Remember, that anything you do leaves an impact. Every action of yours produces an effect. The example you set brings solutions to the lives of many.
Things can even happen negatively if you set a bad example and live your life in a negative way. That way, you produce more problems rather than solutions.
So, you need to make a choice – you want to create problems or solutions?
You need to care and act responsibly because many depend on what they are left behind with.
Their inheritance depends on the way you live your life.
As there are so many different aspects to legacy, I will categorize them under these four heads: Personal, Social, Environmental, and Spiritual. You need to act accordingly.
The way you live your personal life is important.
Remember, you pass on your legacy through your genes.
Your genes contain coded information, which is the residual essence of the lives lived by your predecessors.
You too are a part of the chain and will pass on your life’s information in your genes, to your children.
This information is all about how much you’ve evolved, the values you gained, knowledge and skills you learnt, habits you acquired, your personality, character, nature, and even the diseases.
All your personal actions contribute to this residual information repository in your genes. Whether they are your intentions, thoughts, actions, or acts – everything is accountable and part of your legacy.
How can you leave a good legacy with your personal actions?
- Lead a good life, by living a life of good values and virtues.
- Develop good habits. Choose the ones that help you to be productive, efficient, helpful, and useful.
- Do not do any of these wrongs – lying, stealing, killing, cheating, or hurting in anyway.
- Be healthy, both mentally and physically.
You can add more to what all you can do with your personal actions to help in creating a better world.
Genes are not the final decisive factors, and one can override their impact by one’s own karma or positive actions. But genes do initially form a base, serve as an orientation, and give an advantage to the bearer.
Since the genes you pass on depend on the way you live your life, you can change and better this information by changing the way you live.
The way you live your social life is important because it impacts the society.
Your positive contribution to the community and society paves the way for the development and enhancement of many lives.
Remember, one person can make a difference – to the society and to the world. So, BE that person.
Your social life can become the role model of people and help them live a better life.
No, it’s not about being a socialite, but more of a philanthropist and a social activist. Not necessarily publicly, but you can be one privately and in your own capacity.
How can you leave a good legacy with your social actions?
- Indulge in community service.
- Spread the message of social harmony.
- Contribute to campaigns against racism and for equalism, in your way.
- Help in eradicating social evils and improving social values.
Creating your social legacy does not essentially require you to be an extrovert or outspoken. You can do so in many ways, and blogging is one of them.
Blog about social causes, help people understand themselves and improve their lives – convey your good and giving message to people all around the world through this digital medium.
The way you live aka your lifestyle is important – as it affects the planet.
This planet is your home and you need to keep it clean and safe.
Remember, that your simplistic and responsible way of living can save the environment and thus save the world.
It’s not about the rich or poor or what part of the world you belong to.
People across the globe need to get together, take resolve, and pledge to stop the environmental degradation of the Earth.
You are responsible for creating the kind of environment on Earth that you will leave behind. You need to play your part positively and do as much as you can to leave a habitable world for
How can you leave a good legacy with your environmental actions?
- Reduce dependability on non-renewable natural resources by inventing new ways.
- Plant more trees and kill fewer animals to maintain and save the ecosystem.
- Save electricity and water. This way you save the natural resources and leave more for the future generations.
- Avoid the use of plastic bags and reduce the consumption of fuel, air conditioners, and others to reduce pollution.
Our faulty lifestyle contributes to the depletion of natural resources, disturbs the ecosystem, and negatively affecting the environment.
You need to wake up now and take positive measures to lead a life that is compatible with nature. This will be one of the best legacies you would leave behind.
The way you live with respect to the diversity of spiritual beliefs and traditions, philosophies and religions – determines the happiness and peace on earth.
Remember, all humans are almost 99% identical. Though our means may be different, but the end is the same. The paths are many, but the destination is one.
The one thing common in all religions is compassion and love
Whatever you do to let the positive qualities of compassion, kindness, love, generosity, and gratitude prosper, will bring unity in humanity.
Agreed that the world has evil, but it can only be countered with goodness.
Hate is overpowered with love, and bad is outdone by good. If you practice such a philosophy, you’ll leave a peaceful legacy in the world.
Your spiritual actions make you more sensible, open and purify your channels of love, broaden your horizon, and make you more understanding.
How can you leave a good legacy with your spiritual actions?
- Know and understand yourself, and lead yourself on to a path of self-discovery and self-awareness.
- Pray daily and practice a conscientious and conscious life. If not pray, meditate. Or do both!
- Develop tolerance and acceptance of thoughts and people other than your own.
- Learn to see the good in all things and actions and learn the lessons of life.
Being spiritual is not necessarily being religious. All those who are religious, may or may not be spiritual either.
You just need to seek the meaning in life and make it purposeful.
However, being spiritual makes you caring and giving, and such a legacy will definitely make the world a better place to live in.
I hope you realize that YOU are responsible for how your children or fellow living beings and their world will be.
If only you live your life the right way, you’ll be able to encourage and motivate your successors to adopt the right way to live.
You can help make the world good, happy, and peaceful by taking responsible personal, social, environmental, and spiritual actions.
The resultant legacy will make you special. Are you ready to be the part of the CHANGE to realize the common dream to make the world a better place?
Over To You –
What is the legacy that you will be leaving behind? Have you ever thought of taking the responsibility of your actions and realized the wonders that you can do? How else do you think you can contribute to have a better world?