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?






2 responses

12 11 2009

Hey Mate,
That has a very special place in my heart as my granddad just passes away not too long back in Auckland.
In a print out of him in a mangazine they had the following:-

And in the End,
It’s not the years in you life that count.
Its the life in your years!
-Abraham Lincoln

12 11 2009
Quinton McCauley

Mate that is so awesome….. I love that quote.

Your granddad must have been a pretty special man.

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