Let Love Be Your Legacy

 Legacy

Let love be your legacy. All my life, I have absorbed the energies of shame, depression, and hopelessness. My family has a long legacy of alcoholism, abuse, and criminal behavior. I grew up carrying the heavy burdens of acts committed by family members. So I ask myself, what will my legacy be? How can I mitigate the negativity of the past?

Over two thousand years ago, a child was born forty two generations after King David. Jesus’ family line included a murderer and four prostitutes. He did not let that lineage interfere with His message. Not only did he carry the impact of His lineage, He used it as a platform to create love, peace, and harmony. As a result, He shaped history and impacted the lives for over two thousand years.

Genetics determines about three percent of our life paths. The other ninety-seven percent is based on our personal decisions. If your family legacy is negative, perhaps you can reverse it and pass along positive energies to future generations. Perhaps your legacy is one of:

Love: Learn to use the words “I love you.” This can be expressed in a number of ways. Giving eye contact is a way of saying “I acknowledge you.” Putting down the cell phone can be a way of saying “you matter to me.” And taking a family member out to dinner shows your concern for his/her welfare.

Hope: Learn to give hope. Talk to a friend who seems to be depressed. Demonstrate hope in your demeanor, speech, and manner.

Empathy: Listen without judgement to someone who is having problems. Opening your ears to another’s concern sets the stage for a positive legacy.

Peace: Be a peace maker. Listen with compassion and strive to pull opposing sides toward agreement. This is called catalytic leadership.

Knowledge: Find very opportunity to impart learning and knowledge. Increasing knowledge base adds to a strong genetic pool.

Let your legacy grow and impact others.

Barbara Altman, the author of hope, has written two books: “Hope Shines Eternal: My Journey Through Mental Illness” and Passages of Hope, 52 Real Life Stories that Will Inspire and Encourage You.” Both can be purchased on Amazon, Kindle, and on WWW. AuthorofHope.com

 

 

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