Legacy

We leave footsteps on the world as we walk through life. Tonight we were watching This Is Us, the episode of William’s memorial. After leaving a letter behind for his granddaughters to plan the service, Randall is finally able to sit back and let some of the stress in his life subside.

Watching this, people William knew are sharing stories of how he touched their lives. His boyfriend shared how William faked knowing about football so he could ‘fit in’ among his friends. The mailman talked about how he and William became friends during his morning walk and always asked about his daughter. At one point, the mailman says:

“Nobody just stops and talks anymore.”

It’s through these tertiary stories that we see how huge an impact William had on the world around him. Although he wasn’t around long, William left some pretty deep footprints behind.

You often hear people talking about legacy. Gary Vaynerchuk is big on legacy. My friend Sam Crowley makes his legacy a focal point in his life and a filter through which he views the world.

It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Our jobs, our families, the everyday stresses and responsibilities can take our focus off of what’s really important.

The footsteps we leave behind.

I haven’t always thought about what my footsteps would be or where they would lead. Perhaps I’m scared that the echo of my life is a sound that won’t bring comfort or joy or laughter. What will my kids say about me? What will my friends remember? Will I have done all I can to do all the good I can?

These are scary questions and the kind of thoughts that are reason for deep reflection.

It’s like a punch in the gut when you stop, look around, and realize that 5, 10, 20 years have gone by in an instant.

Time flies.

Tomorrow becomes yesterday.

We all begin dying the moment we’re born. GaryVee says the three most motivating words in anyone’s life should be

You’re gonna die.

525,600

Like the song from Rent, we only get 525,600 minutes a year. How we spend them is up to us.

At the end of the episode, after Randall gets a generic, thoughtless gift from his employer for his father’s memorial, he walks into the office and quits. When his boss asks him what he’s going to do next, Randall responds:

I don’t know. Maybe instead of running in the morning, I’ll go for a walk. Talk to the mailman. Slow it down a little. Sounds like a great way to start the day.

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and take a look around, you’ll miss it.

Sense a pattern?

[Tweet theme=”tweet-box-shadow”]Slow down. Look around. Talk to your mailman[/Tweet]

Make sure the footprints you’re leaving behind lead to someplace you wanted to go.

525,600

Spend it wisely.

Your legacy depends on it.

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