Your time is limited just like mine. What type of legacy are you leaving your children?
Today’s thought is one of a father passing along some sort of legacy. Every parent passes a legacy whether they know (or like) it or not. The legacy that we pass along is entirely up to us to decide. If we’re good, productive and positive parents then we may be passing along a positive legacy to our children. If we’re generally negative, grumpy, under-achieving parents then that’s what our children often inherit as well.
When I’m gone, my legacy and the memories you have of me will be all that’s left. When you think back about me, what will your thoughts be? Will they focus on the good times we had like our trip to Washington D.C. together that summer when you were six years old? Or will you remember me scolding you for misbehaving in public? Will you remember the good or the bad when I’m gone? Hopefully there’s more good than bad to remember…
This letter isn’t about ‘stuff’ that I’m passing along, although I do hope that I’m able to pass along something of financial value to you as well.
Rather, this letter is about the values, memories and morals that I pass along to you as well. I think I’m a good person and I strongly believe you’ll end up being a good person as well. A father’s legacy is one that is shaped often before the father even realize it’s being formed. I’m 37 now and I finally realize that my legacy I leave is up to me. I’m thinking about it more now, so maybe I’ll try to do better at what I pass along.
I hope all parents out there realize that they don’t have eternity on this earth. Your time is limited just like mine. What type of legacy are you leaving your children? How will they remember you? That legacy you leave will be all that remains of you. I want my legacy to give my sons strength, compassion, motivation and comfort in the future. How about you?