contributions will provide something beautiful and
bright to cherish during this lifetime. They
will increase your sense of aliveness and fill you
with the energy of a unique purpose for which you
were born. They make up the quality of your
can you begin creating and living your ideal legacy
Decide What You Value the Most
down all the things that you value, and select at
least five core values: those things that
provide the foundation for your actions, beliefs,
and philosophies. Examples of values are love,
health, spirituality, family, career, adventure,
peace, and community.
Draw a Time Line of Your Life
a long line and mark it by years and months
beginning with your birthday. Extend it for
decades after your life will have ended.
Include all the things you have done and things you
want to do. Include the benefits future
generations will experience from your
contributions. Show how your life's work will
actually continue after you. Your timeline is
a very eye opening exercise. Spend adequate
time with it and fill in as many details as
possible. Then return from time to time to
update your timeline and add extra details.
Write a Purpose Statement
the themes running through your timeline. They
can help to reveal your purpose if you are not
already aware of it. A purpose statement is a
simple, private statement that guides your daily
actions. For example, you might write, "I
help others to live happy and healthy lives" or
"I create art that brings spiritual
awareness." Do not confuse a purpose
statement with a mission statement, which is a more
specific way you might fulfill your purpose.
Focus on Today
timeline presented a large picture. What is
your focus just for today? Spend sufficient
time focusing on your current steps as well as on
the future. How are your actions in each
moment supporting your values and contributing to
your purpose? If you are on purpose, you will
feel authentically happy and fulfilled.
Move Forward with Gratitude
your ideal legacy by taking positive steps each day
toward your vision for a better world. Savor
the small treasures in your relationships with
people. Live with gratitude for each
contribution you have received and created.
Give thanks even for the setbacks that ultimately
reveal clearer paths forward.
Billy Graham said, "The legacy we leave is not
just in our possessions, but in the quality of our
lives." What legacy does the quality of
your life reveal today? Envision your ideal
legacy. See your role in creating a richer
humanity. The legacy you share and live today
can create a better world for future generations.
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