What is your legacy?

30 09 2009

A friend emailed me a poem today – one I hadn’t come across before, and it really made me think.

So much of our life is about the difference we make to others – what we give to others and how they will remember us. My family recently lost a very dear uncle, and I realised only then how much of an impact he made on me as a person, and how much he contributed to my world. I have only happy memories of him. This whole experience made me stop and consider the big picture. How will people remember me? Or, to put it another way, what is the legacy I am leaving behind me as I travel, as I live, as I interact with people and the world around me?

It’s important to enjoy each day as it comes – but it’s also important, sometimes, to take the time to think about the “big picture”.

Here’s the poem – don’t see it as a morbid thing – it’s valuable to consider our mortality sometimes, as it gives our life meaning. Let this inspire you to be a better person!




I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning to the end.
He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth
And now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own, the cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real
And always try to understand the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile,
Remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read with your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?




The People Who Matter

27 09 2009

A thought from Wake Up Tiger…

Try this quiz:

* Name the 3 highest paid CEO’s in Australia.

* Name the last 3 Australian Open winners.

* Name the last 3 Australians Of The Year.

* Name the last 3 Academy Award winners for best actress.

* Name 3 people who have won the Pulitzer prize.

How did you do? Not too well I imagine. The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

* List 3 teachers who aided your journey through school.

* Name 3 friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

* Name 3 people who have taught you something worthwhile.

* Think of 3 people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

* Think of 3 people you enjoy spending time with.

Easier? You bet. And that’s because the people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care, and who have made a difference to YOU.


Take the time to consider who these people are – appreciate them, and, for the ones who are still a part of your life, make sure they know you appreciate them. They won’t be around forever. Take the time and make the effort to invest into these relationships – they are the framework that will support you in life when the tough decisions and the difficult times come. Don’t wait til you need someone’s help before giving them a call.


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