How to Leave a Legacy

Actually we all will leave a legacy whether we like it or not. We all leave footprints in the sand, the question is, will we be a big heal, or a great soul?

Researching my family history has given me the opportunity to think a lot about the legacy I inherited. First, I had to define what that legacy was. It obviously wasn’t fame and fortune, but seeing how some of those who have inherited those things haven’t really turned out all that well…Paris Hilton and Charlie Sheen , I not so sure that is a bad thing.
My family’s legacy wasn’t thought out or planned. The legacy left is the result of their choices and how they lived their lives. They left no written record or journal of their thoughts, no real tangible record of their hopes, dreams and struggles. No cherished recipes past through the generations, no real heirlooms have past down this way. What I have are bits and pieces cobbled together from what remains.

Ameila Earhart said, Some of us have great runways already built for us. If you have one, take off! But if you don’t have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and for those who will follow after you.

So, I am in the runway building business. I want to raise the bar for the next generation, I want them to stand on my shoulders and for them to know where they come from so they can look ahead is my gift to them.
My legacy building plans include the following:

  • journals, personal histories, timelines and genealogies
  • family recipes
  • traditions and their stories
  • personal artifacts photographed, history and recorded
  • favorite books, music and movies cataloged and notated
  • personal beliefs, philosophy and opinions recorded
  • scrapbooks, picture albums with names and stories
  • top stories – the funny, the sad, the embarrassing, the inspiring,
  • purchase quality furniture, etc. that can be passed down
  • art work, poetry, etc. to share with others

Back to the footprints, James Cabell said, While it is well enough to leave footprints on the sands of time, it is even more important to make sure they point in a commendable direction.
Take a step today to leave something worthwhile behind.


  1. Valerie

    I needed to read this today. I love your passion for family history. I have spent the day cleaning through piles of “saved things”at my moms. She has alzheimersand sadly enough, we waited too long to record things. Now its a guessing game.

    You have struck something deep in my heart today. Thank you!

  2. What a beautiful post. I enjoyed your words so much and what truth you speak!!

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