Hello, my name is legacy. I live in every human being. I’m not the body shell that will be left behind after death or the essence of someone having lived here.
I live in the heart of every man in the choices I make, the one’s already ordained for me and how I react to those choices that affect my life. Sometimes I am honored for the good accomplishments in life and sometimes noted for the bad ones.
I live for generations, though centuries, and am imbedded in the annals of time. I only pray that I am not quickly forgotten in the hearts of those I love.
We all have an indelible mark to leave here on earth before, during, and after we die. A story so personal as to where we lived and the things we did or did not do during our time here. What’s your story? What steps have you taken to log your legacy for your family? How do you want the people in your life to remember you?
It has been my experience that different personalities plan for and experience me differently: planners, thinkers, connectors, and movers. Which one are you? Read on to get to know me better.
I am a PLANNER; a visionary, I follow all the rules, respect authority, am loyal, dependable, and prepared. I have a strong sense of right and wrong and I need to be useful...to belong. I am faithful, stable, and organized. I value my home, family, and tradition.
I am a great caring parent and a helper. I believe that work comes before play and am very “duty” driven, able to lead others in my home and at work.
My love language is quality time
I am usually the first born in a family
My personality will want to preplan it all (trust, healthcare directive, burial). I want to have all my affairs in order to help the next generation. Sort of an exit check off list. You will love that I have done this for you saving you time and money. I want quality burial items and go out in class!
I will leave a legacy because it’s the right thing to do!
I am a THINKER; I seek knowledge and understanding, and I am analytical and conceptual. I like living life by my own standards. I need explanations and answers, but I am cool, calm and collected in the process. I value intelligence, insight, fairness and justice. A problem solver and I am abstract, investigative, logical, inventive.
I often find myself deep in thought. My work is my play because I love to develop models, explore ideas and build systems to satisfy my innovative mind. Once I have perfected my idea, I like to leave it to others to maintain. It’s hard for me to express my feelings and feel uneasy when my emotions control me.
I never did well with drill and routine like others and I found myself questioning authority. I had to respect my teachers before I chose to learn from them.
My love language is acts of service
I am somewhere in the beginning or near the end, but not the ghost child
I will first trust someone before I allow him or her to help me with my legacy
I may want to invent something useful to leave behind, something that will last for generations, practical and useful. I don’t much care how you bury me!
I am a CONNECTOR; I need to feel unique and authentic. I look for meaning and significance in this life because I need to contribute. I am compassionate, communicative, idealistic, spiritual, flexible, imaginative, and sincere. I value integrity and unity and I like to encourage others to gain knowledge and peace. I am a true romantic, a nurturer and idealistic. I love to influence others to lead a significant life. I work in the “helping” professions.
I remember when I was young and imaginative, so it was difficult to fit in a structure. I am very sensitive, so I respond to encouragement rather than competition. I have always cherished small gestures of love.
My love language is words of affirmation
I am the ghost child, also known as the middle child
I will do my legacy because I want to make sure my family is taken care of
When I leave, I hope you felt loved and remember all the fun times we had. I would like you to sign my coffin with love notes and sentimental trinkets.
I am a MOVER; I act at a moments notice. You will find that I am witty, spontaneous, generous, optimistic, bold and impactful. I consider my time here a game. It has to be fun, have variety and I seek out excitement, however, I value skill, resourcefulness and courage! I get bored easily with structure, I need to be free, and after all, I am a natural performer.
I actually had a difficult time in school because fitting into the academic routine was not fun. I learn by doing and experiencing rather than by listening and reading.
My love language is physical touch and gifts
I am the baby!
I have pictures that spell out my legacy, but you will have to help me with the paperwork!
I want to go out with wine in one hand, sliding into heaven, saying, “let’s party!” I want you to remember all the great adventures we had. I don’t want a conventional funeral; make it a party with a Hawaiian theme!
So you can see that some people will be known for being able to look into and prepare for the future like Nikola Tesla. Some will be known for great accomplishments like Albert Einstein. Some people will be known in this life for their kindness like Mother Teresa. While others will be known for infamy like Jesse James
All have left their indelible mark.
At times I have suffered great atrocity. I have been a victim of a brutal crime perpetrated by others and it will be up to others to keep my name alive. Young or old, or somewhere in between, I lived here, even if it was for a brief moment, I was here. I always live on in the hearts and minds of those who loved me. Sometimes I drift in and out of this life, quietly, so quiet sometimes that my “mark” had made little imprint. Sometimes I shine. I come in noisy and my mark is huge even though, I may be little. I used the God-given talent here on Earth to help others. I may have even invented the cure for cancer!
We are all “Legacy”. Legacy simply means “Difficult to replace”.
I am difficult to replace because I am unique and special to each and every human being and to animals. None of us the same, yet made uniquely by the Master’s Hand.
Did your pet leave a legacy on your heart?
We all leave an indelible mark on this life, a permanent stain so to speak. Big or small, the stain that either has good memories attached to it or bad, sometimes a result of our fault and at other times, the result of what was done to us. We can wash it, bleach it, color it, or leave it and hope no one notices it if it is a really bad stain.
So the question is what kind of indelible mark do you want to leave when you’re gone?
The song “Legacy” by Nichole Nordeman reads, “I want to leave a legacy, how will they remember me, did I chose to serve, to love.” Legacy is all about the How and the Why!
What does love have to do with legacy? Let me use an example of the greatest love:
Jesus Christ He humbly came to earth
Lived poorly Served greatly
Was crucified Died
Rose Bridged the gap between God and man
Lives again! Over 2,000 years of legacy and we still talk about him.
He loved so deep and God loved us so deep to send him. Legacy in Motion!
Although there have been great kings and queens, you don’t have to be rich to leave a legacy! The funniest part about all of this talk is you can’t bury me as though I never existed; even a nameless child has a legacy. My real work begins when your life ends and that’s how Legacy works.
I am LegacyWorks. I will help you to assist your loved ones before a major transition. I am private and confidential. I am far more than just a will, power of attorney or medical directives. I am a comprehensive representation of what individuals want their families and friends to know about them and their final wishes. I am a vital and thoughtful guide which includes everything but legal documentation. Are you curious? Want to learn more? Contact Lisa Brys at 916-205-5034.
Based in part on “Personality Lingo” by Mary Miscisin