All your actions, words, and knowledge that you share while you are living become the gift that you leave when you are gone.
~ Jim Allen
The Legacy You Leave
All You will leave behind for the world to remember is
Your Legacy, so ask yourself:
Will you have earned the respect of your peers and the admiration of your critics?
Will you have acted humbly at the peak of success
and graceful in the face of defeat?
Will you have kept your childlike wonder and reveled in the beauty of the world and the small miracles that each day brought?
Will you be remembered for how often you laughed and brought smiles to the hearts of others?
Will small children and the elderly have been overjoyed to be around you?
Will others have trusted you with their inner most secrets?
Will you have forgiven and offered heartfelt apology?
Will you have looked for the very best, and done your utmost to build worth, in others?
Will you have fed a hungry child or clothed a naked man
or given hope to a stranger in dire need?
Will you have left this world a better place
by the life you have lived?
© 2000 by Rick Beneteau