People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou, poet,
The information age is presenting complex, challenging issues, and forcing us to look with new eyes at our world, and more importantly, at ourselves. The information age is the penultimate consumer, and what it consumes is not always obvious to people.
It consumes YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION. But if we don't keep our hearts and minds on the big picture vision for our lives, we can get lost down the rabbit hole of details and swept away by the minutia of a life of speed, endless choices and infinite distractions.
Understanding our high level values or what I like to call our DNA, helps keep us on track with both small details and big picture vision, which is your legacy.
All of us will leave one. A legacy is not about size, it's about impact. It's about the difference you made in the lives of others. It's about what people will say about you after you are no longer here. It's the quality of your relationships, the questions you dared to ask, the way's you forgot yourself to help others, it's listening deeply, it's connecting to something beyond just the workaday world.
Your legacy is the very marrow in your bones.
I’ve learned… that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands … you’ll need to throw something back
As you pursue your vision of excellence out in the world, whatever that means to you, see each step as a piece of your legacy.
Every step, no matter how small, leaves a ripple of yourself in the world. It makes a tiny impression on the fabric of life. It ripples out in ways you may never know. Isn't that a beautiful thought to think that a kind word or gesture or helping someone in need may ripple out in a powerful way that began with you.
What do you want to be remembered for? Your pie or your pie graph?