Legacy is a narrative that did not start with you and will not end with you. A narrative is a story with a direction beyond where others have been and beyond where you are.
Legacies for me are torches. We can pick them up and carry forward, shining their light onto uncharted territories we desire to navigate. Torches carry the fire that can purify what is no longer needed for this leg of the journey. Torches grab attention and quicken the memory to flash back and apply remnants to the impending future.
Legacy builders find meaning in what they are thinking, doing, and sharing with others, and the response to their narrative is what carries the light forward. So what is your legacy narrative going to speak this year? What are you picking up from the past and carrying into the future with the strength and confidence you possess in the present?
My grandfather would often say"In life there are many options but really only one choice". It sounded great, and he used it to teach me some amazing things about dating. But what is the choice?
Choice is defined as the act of selecting or making a decision with two or more possibilities. For me, that means narrowing your focus on one thing and letting the choice of that one thing guide you into a series of opportunities. Making a choice is serious business at inflection points in our lives. It can be the difference between creating a lifestyle or leaving a lasting legacy.
The ability to choose is freedom that we have inherited from the extreme sacrifice of those that came before us. When I study history, I marvel that those with fewer options made choices that produced great outcomes that we still enjoy and benefit from today. People like a Harriet Tubman who made the choice of going back to bring her friends and family to freedom...