Don’t Live For The Moment. Live For The Legacy.

A legacy is the story of someone’s life, the things they did, places they went, goals they accomplished, their failures, and more. Legacy is something that a person leaves behind to be remembered by. Legacies are pathways that guide people in decisions with what to do or what not to do. By wanting to leave a mark and create a legacy, we have plenty of examples of people who left legacies, both good and bad. Martin Luther King Jr. left behind his legacy of Positive and Selfless Actions. Hitler left behind a legacy of Negativity, and Destruction. Nelson Mandela left behind a legacy of Love, Sacrifice and Peace. Our very own Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo left behind a legacy of Unity and Peace.

Both are equally important in setting an example for the future, so that they can behave the same way, or avoid making the same mistakes. Leaving behind a legacy is important no matter who you are. Heroes, villains, and every day people leave behind a legacy that creates meaning in our lives. A grandmother’s legacy may be important to her family. This grandmother may leave behind a recipe. Every time that specific recipe is made the memories or legacy of the grandmother would be remembered. A family’s heritage is a legacy that a person would be interested in. Even the legacies of actors or actresses influence the lives of others.

Many times a child has seen an actress play, a super hero on a movie and said “I want to be like that!” Actresses and actors legacies inspire people to do great things, such as a star in a movie, live rich and luxurious lives. When kids say that they want to be a teacher or a doctor it’s because of the legacy other teachers or doctors have left behind. At one point, when I was very young, I wanted to be a teacher because my grandparents were both teachers. Legacies leave pathways for future generations to want to be something great. It’s also a way to pass on life experience to others that need it.

A legacy is a part of a person that lives on long after that person have passed on.In music, for instance, listening to Thriller or Billie Jean could have you remember Michael Jackson. Listening to Dhindindi Full-time, Kamberevere, or MaU,ungraded, (don’t mean to cause shivers to those ones writing or have recently wrote their “O”& “A” Level examinations, instead, take that song as a motivator to work extra hard so to make yourself and your parents proud) but those songs always bring memories to us of Paul Matavire (Doctor Love), don’t they? Surely they do.

A legacy also leaves behind the story of a person so they are not forgotten. Legacies are important path ways or the future to follow or to be guided by in order to make better decisions in life. Leaving behind a legacy gives us comfort in knowing that once we are gone we will not be erased from the memories of others. Watching an old movie would have us remember an old actress that has died that stared in that movie. Making a recipe that a loved one has left behind may spark memories of them.

You don’t control the outcomes of your life, principles do.

Benjamin Hardy says that our lives are governed by objective principles: if you drop a book, gravity will ensure it hits the ground. You controlled that action, but the outcome was the result of how it interacted with the outside world.

The examples he offers are eye-opening:

Given the choice, which would you rather have: $1,000,000 in your pocket right now or a penny that doubles in value for 31 days?

Most people would choose the million. However, the doubling penny actually ends up being $10.7 million dollars. Yet, the majority of the growth happens at the very end, and most people aren’t patient enough for the big return. The live for the moment culture of today stops people from investing.

It is small, even undetectable, habits that accumulate and create the quality and legacy of our lives.

The big things are just the small things done repeatedly.

When we talk about “living for the moment,” we’re usually referring to acting on our immediate desires, rather than consciously choosing for each moment of our lives to serve some kind of purpose, add to some kind of objective.

Freedom is not the ability to act on any given impulse, it is the ability to choose what you want to act on, and why. It is not the absence of commitments, values, or discipline, it is the ability to choose them at will.

The truest love is not how you feel, but how you act. If you want a “soulmate” relationship, think of it not as something you find, but a person you choose and then grow with over time. If you want to find your purpose, think of it as whatever you are good enough to keep doing, until you leave a legacy — then it is your calling.

It is not in premeditation that we decide what the big, important parts of our lives are, it is doing. Particularly, what we do over and over again. Doing defines our lives, our characters, our relationships—everything.

Everything that matters happens in small, repeated actions, and small actions are made up of moments. Which is why instead of living for the desires of “the moment,” you should live for the work of your legacy.

Your legacy is what you will be remembered by — what kind of person you were, and what you did while you were here. Developing this requires you to be present. It requires you to choose. It requires you to use each of your moments, rather than wash them away with a rush.

There is a deeper, more profound peace that comes from working toward building a part of yourself in the world, rather than building your life around catering to your senses’ immediate desires. It will be equally taxing, frustrating, gratifying, joyful, exhausting—but at the end you’re left with something greater than yourself, and that is the point. Everything is hard, only some things are worth it.


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