"That is your legacy on this Earth when you leave this Earth: how many hearts you touched." — Patti Davis
Some of my earliest childhood memories come from Stanley Park in Westfield, MA, with its beauty gardens, duck pond, and its famous black squirrels. We often take these things for granted because these place hold people such memories have always been there. But Stanley Park hasn’t always been there.
It wasn’t until 1956 that a businessman named Frank Stanley Beveridge decided to give some of his land for the creation of the park. Today the park is a staple in the community and every year thousands of visitors come from miles around to visit. What is most notable here is that it’s been over sixty years since Mr. Beverage’s death, and yet his life is still a positive influence for others.
There’s a song by the artist Darius Rucker that says:
“What will I leave that will go on forever? What can I do while I’m here to make someone’s life better?”
Mr. Rucker is talking about taking time today to think about what kind of world we want to leave when our time is done. By thinking about such things it becomes a call to action to take steps everyday while we’re alive to make our world a better place for others.
Another musical artists, Harry Chapin is a man who surely thought about his legacy and used his life as a vehicle to enact positive change for the lives of others. One of his most motivational songs is truly a call to action:
“If a man, tried to take his time on earth to prove before he died what one man’s life could be worth I wonder would happen to this world.”
The Magic Words Legacy reminds us l to do something every day to make even just one life better because we were here. That way, even long after we’re gone, we’ll continue to share positivity in our world.
What would happen to this world you took your time on earth to prove before you died what one man’s life could be worth? What can you do today to start making a stringer case for this proof?
Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.