Sounds a bit pretentious in a way to even consider the concept of “leaving a legacy,” so in my own defense here, I can truthfully say that I jotted that title down while listening today to a vlogger I regularly follow (Kapache Lescher).
To paraphrase here in a few sentences, the speaker continued by asking, “What do we stand for and who are we at our core? What is there in us that feeds off the greed, the power trip, the nastier aspects of our species that is never satisfied—that never has enough and always wants more, more, more?”
One question that he rhetorically posed, knowing full well the answer, “Is there no end to our desires and our dissatisfaction with who we currently are and what we presently control?”
Later he talks about “giving back” to the world that we all inhabit, and “giving back” to all who share our combined space, all of which he then labeled as “leaving a legacy” for future generations.
He stated that like Buddha repeatedly described, we should focus on “building our character,” not on amassing ‘things’ in our life and or in stacking our accomplishments to feed our ego. “What are my values?” he asked. “What is my core essence? What do we stand for and who are we?”
There are all key questions whose answers you must determine for yourselves as you search for your own truth.
And one last Kaypache Lescher quote from this particular December 18, 2019 vlog entry pertains to MY focus here with this current blog: “The legacy we are leaving is that by working on our own shadows, we are contributing to the evolution of the species by doing our own personal inner work. Improving one being affects the ALL.”
Exactly! That’s certainly how I view it, which is likely why I enjoy listening to him.
But in terms of your own inner work, I would assume that your concern may not be so focused on leaving a legacy behind, as it is about comprehending who you are at present. It’s about defining WHO YOU TRULY ARE as a living, breathing person, and WHAT YOU TRULY WANT from this current life that you inhabit.
The legacy aspect comes naturally in TIME. And it usually slips silently into the background until realized by others in a distant future.
Just as it should.