1. a gift, usually money or property, left to someone in a will
2. something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past
3. a candidate for membership in an organization who is given preference because a relative was also a member
From legacyproject.org, “Legacy is about life and living. It’s about learning from the past, living in the present, and building for the future. It helps us decide the kind of life we want to live and the kind of world we want to live in.”
Today is the day we remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His legacy (from The King Foundation) as “one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history whose teachings are increasingly relevant to the progress of humankind” is unarguable; the profound impact almost immeasurable. When I think about his commitment to nonviolent activism, his tireless devotion to equality for all people, his immense courage in being a civil rights leader I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude for the seeds of hope for a better world that he planted.
Each of us will leave our own legacy. Like footprints in sand, a trail that others can follow, our legacy shows others where we’ve been and what we learned along the way. What would your current life story say to someone following in your footsteps? What legacy are you creating for others coming along behind you?
We can easily get lost in the busy details of everyday living. Today, why don’t you pause for a moment and consider the bigger picture. What will your legacy be?
For more on the incredible life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visit The King Center