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Make Your Mark in Every Moment

Don’t worry about creating a legacy for a future that doesn’t necessarily exist.

“Planning for the future is like going fishing in a dry gulch;
Nothing ever works out as you wanted, so give up all your schemes and ambitions.
If you have got to think about something—
Make it the uncertainty of the hour of your death…”

-Gyalse Rinpoche

Instead, make your mark in every moment with any of these actions:

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Compassion
  • Clarity
  • Kindness
  • Humility
  • Generosity
  • Patience
  • Refraining from Harm
  • Tolerance
  • Forgiveness
  • Selflessness
  • Attention
  • Service
  • Mindfulness
  • Inspiration
  • Positive Intention
  • Wisdom

That’s how true legacy is born.  And, authentic happiness and freedom.

Do you notice all the hub-bub on the internet about creating your legacy or becoming a legend?  What do you think?

Thank you so much for reading and sharing!  If you enjoyed this article, please subscribe for free updates by email.  With love,  Sandra

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16 Comments

  1. A legacy should be a by-product, not an intention.

    • Dan,

      As I reflected on this topic more, I recalled how great spiritual masters create legacies for the future from books to sacred institutions and sacred art. But it’s not ego based and I think that’s where danger can enter in when we become over-focused on “our” legacy and the future. Thanks for your thoughts.

  2. Beautiful, thank you!

    This is my heart thought: Every connection and creation *is* our legacy. We create it naturally as we move through World. We choose what we create when we choose where we vest our presence. We choose the depth and richness of our “legacy” as we decide to open our heart to the moment, and how far we wish to open.

    I love the eloquence with which *you* phrased it 🙂 What a beautiful affirmation of life!

    • Joy,

      I love the idea of “naturally” creating our legacy as we move through the world present in each moment. It makes me think that we can’t help create our legacy – for better or worse – with our thoughts, words, and actions in every moment. The different depends on whether we are doing so consciously. Thanks for you thoughts, which expanded mine.

  3. I’ve missed all the hub bub on the net. Where have I been?

    When I retired last year from teaching at the law school, people talked about my legacy, especially a course I created that was very popular. They seemed to think that it was important to me that I be remembered. But I knew that I would not be remembered, for that course or for any other reason. As soon as the current students have graduated, my name will not be in any student’s memory. My former colleagues will remember me, fondly I hope, but a new professor has already replaced me and new bonds are being forged.

    And I’m fine with that. Indeed, that is how it should be. While I was there, I like to think that I made a positive contribution to my students and to the school. But as the Bible says, unto everything there is a season.

    So legacy? I like what you said about legacies left by those who are acting without ego. Some legacies don’t even have names attached to them. They will not change that uncertainty of our final hour, will they?!

    • Galen,

      Your personal experience says it all and reflects my own experience so well. How quickly our imprint fades when we are no longer present in a situation. That is a true teachings in and of itself. I’m so happy you shared this with us today.

      May goodness continue “Ad Infinitum” without too much worry about the future!

  4. Yes, Sandra, I see all the tips on becoming legendary or creating that post or video that will viral.

    No worries. It keeps the youngsters busy sometimes doing some good stuff and sometimes dropping pearls of wisdom.

    In the meantime, we know that trying to aid or speed up the butterfly’s emergence from the cocoon only dooms it to never reach its full potential. It’s dealing with the struggle to emerge, second by second, moment by moment, day by day that brings the butterfly (and us) to full beauty, potential and true legacy.

  5. Hi Sandra

    It has caught my eye here and there, and I have to say that the whole idea of leaving a mark or legacy intentionally does not really resonate with me at all. I much rather love what you shared and the other commentators about making the mark in the moment, and not be wrapped up in some future state of being.

    I have found that whether people choose to have children (often treating that as their legacy), or some career move, or some shot at fame, or invention, etc…. It all sounds “nice” on the surface, but our soul does not need any of this, Ego, perhaps more so. I mean it is all fine if we are just enjoying life, creating, loving and having fun, and as Dan said it ends up being a by-product….but for many it becomes an obsession almost to leave “some mark” or “legacy”, and in the end I think it comes down to fear and attaching too strongly with this single lifetime, and the material world.

    • Hi Evita,

      So nice to see you! I think you really hit on the key point that leaving a legacy can become an obsession and be very ego oriented. People do leave wonderful legacies, but I can’t help but think the best ones originate from expressing these qualities in the moment. I really appreciate your point about fear and attaching too strongly with this single lifetime and the material world. I agree and at the same time I see for most people these are their parameters. Thanks for your compelling thoughts!

  6. jean sampson

    I think every person and creature that we love or help is part of our legacy. I had a wonderful art teacher/mentor, Morton P. Traylor, who gave himself and his love and knowledge of art to all of the young people in his school. He helped so many of us find the artist inside of ourselves and helped us to discover how to keep art primary in our lives! Because I loved and admired him so much, I find that in everything I teach, draw or paint, I want to honor him and his generous spirit. His gifts to me are his legacy and I feel that I am passing what he gave to me, so that is sort of a legacy, too.

    • What a beautiful example of how legacy emerges from our way of being. I’m glad you’ve had such a wonderful mentor and inspiration in your life. I treasure this example. Thank you!

  7. One thing to read about it, Sandra, and quite another to actually go out and do it. That’s what I am focusing on – reality and the people in whose lives I can actually make a difference. So maybe I can’t change the world. But I can keep on trying, on a daily basis.

    Legacy or not – I will simply strive to make as many people as possible smile when they think of me. I find it easier to carry on with life when I am not worried about reciprocation and recognition. It is enough for me that I did good.

    Lovely post. Hugs! Vidya

  8. Hi Sandra,

    Yes, I have seen it all and thank you for writing this. I feel quite relieved now:) It would be fabulous to leave a legacy and be remembered like Gandhi or Mandela but while that won’t happen to most of us it doesn’t mean what we’re doing isn’t worthwhile.

    I think most of those legacy posts are about creating a big business but there’s more to life than that and really all those “little” things you list are way more important. Definitely something to aspire to.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You are a wise, wise woman:)

  9. There are few things worse than people obsessed with their legacies. Legacy has to grow naturally from right action, and can’t be forced. Reminds me of pride goeth before the fall, Ozymandias, hubris, and all sorts of other classical themes on people with swelled heads.

    This one really got me to thinking, and inspired a bit of flash fiction/moral tale.

  10. We definitely waste too much of our lives chasing our future whist neglecting the now/moment/day.

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