A few years ago, I posted a book promotion for a complete stranger on my author blog. (You can read the original post but be warned, formatting or links may be off). She was an indie author and warrior who lost her battle with cancer and as a tribute, fellow bloggers were promoting the book on her behalf.
My reason to participate was simple: her story was my story. She was young (like me). A mother (like me). A writer (like me). A woman touched by cancer (like me). It did not matter if her book was good or not (in truth, I didn’t even think of it until now). All I knew was that she deserved a chance to share her story, to shine as a writer.
The only way I could help was to preserve her legacy.
Legacy is the reason I wrote and published my first novella in 2010. The entire purpose was for my son. I wanted him to have a book written by me, something tangible that I created. And as someone who has always been writing or thinking about writing, a book was a no-brainer. It is a clear representation and distinct memory of me. It is another layer of who I am that I wanted to share and preserve for him.
I chose a book but it is important to know there are countless ways to establish a legacy and leave something of us behind. And the best part? it does not need to be a grand gesture or require a lot of effort. Nor does it need to be done to impress or please someone else.
In fact, I can guarantee you have probably created a lasting memory and not even realized it.
HAVE YOU EVER?
lent a helping hand
lifted someone up
caused a smile
said I love you just because
hugged and refused to let go
supported a decision
cheered the loudest
listened, really listened
opened your heart
donated to those in need
cared for another
If you have done any of these things, you have left a legacy, an indelible imprint on the life of another person.
Your time, attention, support, affection – these are the easiest gifts to give. Share them freely and often with those who deserve and appreciate them.
Be with the ones you love. Be present.
By making the moments – the now – matter, you are providing a lasting impression of your time here on earth. The little things you do and say carry great power.
Leave a legacy.
Impact the lives of others and change the world simply by being here and in doing good things. You do not need a viral post or headline or something tangible to reflect your importance. You live it every day.
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~Inspired ME, Joyful BE