Life Skills: Legacy – Is It Just About After You Die?

Teaching character and life skills to students

This week as we started to talk to our students about LEGACY, one of them had their grandparents with them.  After the class the grandparents were sure that we had had that discussion because they had been in the audience.  Unfortunately too many times we think of leaving a legacy about those who have already lived a full life or even more often of those who have passed away.

Our goal this month is to help our children to understand that every day of our life we are building and leaving a legacy.  A legacy is simply how people remember us. Therefore our behavior in every moment leaves an impression on others.  The choices that we make determine and leave an impression on how others remember us.  It is our legacy.

In the book Fahrenheit 451 the author said, “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies…Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.”  In so many philosophies and spiritual teachings we get the idea that the actions we take will have an effect on many generations to come, and that we were affected by many generations prior to ourselves.

Who are some people that you feel have left a powerful legacy?  It may be for good or bad, but others are influenced by what they said or did.  Just as important what is the legacy that you are creating for yourself?  How can we help our children to understand that the choices we make determine the legacy we live?

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