I’ve asked this question before, but I’m asking it again because like the question of Purpose and Mission is must often be revisited. So, what is your legacy?
When I ask about your legacy, I’m not talking about the one you leave when you die; I mean the one you leave when you walk out of a room or turn a corner.
I’ve been thinking about this a great deal this week, because my sister Christine is taking a short holiday to our home state of Delaware. (No jokes folks, we already know that Dela wears a new jersey.)
From the moment that she began preparing for her short trip, my family and I started missing her. She is the glue that holds the family together. When we can’t find something, we can count on Chris to know where it is. Chris is all about details and order. She keeps us in line, fed, clean and on time and with the full knowledge that we are loved. Her legacy of order and detail enables us to be where we should be when we should be there.
Even when I’m on the road, she calls to encourage me at just the right time because she’s looking at a schedule. When I come back from a long or not so long trip, my room has been "sanitized for my enjoyment" and the only thing missing is the little paper across the commode.
We should all be as missed as Chris will be for the few days that she’s gone. We should make folks feel our presence in a positive way; so much that when we are not around, we are longed for.
My sister is not financially rich, but she has more to give than money could ever buy. Today, I’d like you to think about what you can be giving on a daily basis.
Turn up the volume of your heart and let others feel your presence, so much so that when you leave the room, they are still longing for you.
Be you, be well, be your legacy NOW.
Bertice Berry, PhD.