Why Does Legacy Matter?
Most of us would like to make a positive impact for the lives that follow; but sometimes it’s difficult to know how we want to do that.
What’s most important in life? What’s life all about?
In more recent years there has been a fair amount of research done around the topic of the Life Lessons & Regrets of the Dying and there have been some common themes that have surfaced. Some of those themes include sentiments like:
- I wish I had spent more time with my loved ones
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
- I wish I had stayed in touch with family and friends
Time and relationships are precious; no one ever looks back over their life and says, “boy, I really wish I would have spent more time at the office.”
“Family is the Most Important Thing In The World” – Princess Diana
People are often diligent about preparing “assets for their heirs”, but many times fail to pre- pare their “heirs for the assets.” Statistics show that more often than not, family wealth does not survive beyond three generations. These statistics illustrate the importance of helping one’s heirs inherit important values before they inherit the value of what one owns.
In short, a person’s legacy is their influence on future generations; do you simply wish to leave material items for the ones you love, or do you wish to leave more than that? Your legacy is ultimately defined by what you value, not by the valuables you have amassed.
Each of us is called to leave the world better than how we found it, even in seemingly small ways.
“What Counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” - Nelson Mandela
Our mission is to inspire and empower you to positively impact future generations and strengthen family ties by making it easy and affordable to capture your emotional assets; and to create, preserve, and implement a lasting legacy of values that lives through the ages for the ones you love.
by Mark T. Davis