I think one of the most human things in our nature is to strive to be immortal. Not so much in the sense that we want to live forever but rather that we want to live on, through others, forever. The Egyptians built massive statues to honor their kings and leaders, and… oh wait… we do that too. Hundreds of years later and we still build statues of great leaders from the past… presidents, athletes, social icons, musicians….
So what is it that made these people so memorable that others would find ways to continue on their life’s image? To create statues or write books about them….
I think it comes right down to how many people that person was able to touch in their life. Musicians tend to have a very wide reach to touching people’s lives but no where near as impactful as a great president but the method is still the same. The more lives you impact in a positive way, the longer your legacy will live on.
Now we can’t all be presidents or musicians, but we can learn from those that have come before us and apply their successes to our own lives. We can still impact as many lives as possible and to do it in a positive way and hopefully, leaving behind a legacy of example that will encourage more people to do the same.
The easiest way to do this, to leave a legacy and touch a large number of lives, is with a tradition. Creating and maintaining positive traditions will create a legacy that will carry on long after you’ve come and gone in this world. So how can we start to build them?
Well a tradition is merely something positive that can be repeated at a certain time or place. It can be something as simple as a prayer before bed or as complex as a family vacation to a particular place. It can be drinks after work on a Friday night or a dinner with your spouse the last weekend of every month.
Traditions can be big or small but what matters is that they’re repeatable and that they offer a level of positivity. The more positivity the tradition can offer, the more it can impact people’s lives in a positive way, and the longer it will live on.
If you really want to leave a legacy behind you, start creating traditions today. Create them with your kids, create them with your spouse, create them with your friends, and create them with your coworkers. Build little bits of positive traditions into everyone’s lives around you so that they can have that boost that you bring to their lives.
If you have some of your own traditions already please leave a comment on this post and share them. I’m sure many other people could benefit from seeing traditions that other people have and I would love to get some fresh ideas myself!