What Is Your Legacy? Living A Meaningful Life

I want the world to be better because I was here. I want my life, I want my work, my family, I want it to mean something and if you are not making someone else’s life better then you are wasting your time. ~Will Smith

How about you? What is it that you are doing for this world and how are you contributing to making the lives of others and your own better? Somehow we think that there are only a few people who are meant to achieve great things, who are meant to leave a trace on this world and us, well we don’t really matter for we are just normal people.

Well, it shouldn’t really be like that because the only thing that differentiates the great men and women, whose names live long after they’re gone, are their beliefs about what can or can’t be done. There is so much power in a belief for our beliefs can shape our lives in a miraculous way, or the opposite, into something that is not miraculous at all.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle

Living A Meaningful Life

Nobody said we all have to be superheroes and that we all have to be rich and famous but I do believe that we all deserve to live a beautiful, peaceful and meaningful life because the power is in our thoughts. Way too many people give up on life too fast and way too many people play the victim card, constantly blaming some outside forces for their misery and they never really get to the point where they are truly happy and live their lives to the fullest.

Know where your heart is, know what you want to experience in life, know the places you want to visit, the goals you want to achieve, the skills you want to master, the kind of friends you want to have and start from there. No matter what you want and no matter which direction you’ll go, always remember to start with the end in mind. Visualize the end results and to hold on to the feelings that come from having your wish fulfilled in your mind’s eye.

“If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand.” Bob Proctor

The moment you understand that you are where you are because of what you have thought and because of what you believed in being possible or impossible, that will be the moment you will also realize that it all lies in your hands. If you want to change your life then I suggest doing something about it right now, at this very moment. If not right now, then when?

~love, Luminita💫

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Luminita D. Saviuc

Luminita, the Founder of PurposeFairy, is an enthusiastic student of the arts, psychology, and spirituality. Her acclaimed blog post, 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy , was shared by over 1.3 million people on Facebook. Later on, it became the heart of her book, 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy., book that was published by Penguin Random House. For more details check out the 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy Book Page.

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  • danaadmin

    25, June 2012 at 4:08 pm

    That is true Faruk, never underestimate the power of your words or actions…

  • danaadmin

    25, June 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Well, it’s never too late to start making your dreams come true Maill 🙂

  • Teresa

    25, June 2012 at 2:36 pm

    In addition to what you can “do” to leave a legacy, sometimes what we “don’t do” is as important, especially where the environment is concerned. As an individual and as decisionmakers for industry: DO NO HARM. This is especially important with respect to air and water pollution, mountaintop removal mining, etc.

  • Maili

    25, June 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you for this post! It made me realize, that I have way too many dreams in my head without ever following up on them – so, I just sent an E-mail asking other musicians if they want to play chamber music with me. A plan I had for months. Why not share my love for music? Another plan: study more focused in order to have more time to meditate and spend time with friends. When I am more relaxed and happy I can pass that on to others – that’s the legacy I’m dreaming of.

  • Carla Pagani

    25, June 2012 at 1:14 pm

    My Mom used to tell us a hero is some who goes to work daily, even if he or she may not want to, to make your life better, that being a Mother or Father or both. It is all the daily little things you do for others to make their lives better. Giving you a nice home whether it be one room or many—it is the love that is in that home that makes it a home.

  • Faruk Alibhai

    25, June 2012 at 11:06 am

    Thank you for this beautiful article.
    Robin Sharma says, “The purpose of life is living a life of purpose”.
    Mother Theresa said, “There are no great deeds, just small acts done with great love.”
    Martin Luther King Jr said, “Anybody can be great because everybody can serve.”
    The lessons from these great leaders resonate strongly with what you’ve written.
    We are here to give of ourselves, to serve mankind in the best way we can. Sometimes, it may seem that we’re too small to make a difference, but the point is that every act of service and kindness that we offer actually goes a long way in making this world a better place. Most times, it’s the small things that count – a smile, a compliment, a word of praise or appreciation or a helping hand at the right time.
    Never underestimate the power of your words or actions.

  • Linda

    25, June 2012 at 9:43 am

    I agree with you. You are absolutely right. When we give, we are more happy inside us…..After my divorce, I have been miserable too…….

  • Jason Wolfe

    25, June 2012 at 7:37 am

    Getting individuals to reflect on their own legacy is a huge challenge. I’ve built a website that helps people to track and manage the important parts of their lives, although I don’t think I’ve quite “nailed it” yet.

    If anyone here would like to take a look and pass feedback, please do at http://www.legacyhub.com/

    Many thanks.

  • mike

    25, June 2012 at 7:22 am

    Monday morning,this article could not ne more appropiate.Ive been drifting for many years now,having ideas but not seeing them through.After my recent seperation,I´m ready to give love and cherish the moment.I want to help those less fortunate than myself.NOW

  • Dean

    25, June 2012 at 1:35 am

    I am always trying to give back. I want my being here to mean more than so many years on the job. I don’t think my bill collectors will remember me. My coworkers will forget me. I volunteer to cook at shelters and I help serve Senior citizens at different events. I help out where I can and I really enjoy myself and I hope the people I help benefit.

  • David J. Singer

    24, June 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I want to keep helping others to make the world a better place. I know that will make me happy too.
    Thanks for your good thoughts, as usual.
    David

  • Braja

    24, June 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Yes, I also want the world to be better because I was here. And I know that the only corner in world that I can change is a small corner inside of me. And I am trying to do that. My mission is Live well, Love Much, laugh Often, Learn everyday and Leave a legacy!

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    24, June 2012 at 2:45 pm

    This is a fantastic view of the situation, I don’t think I’ve quite seen it from that perspective before.

  • Judy Krings

    24, June 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Love this reminder that when we are our BEST SELF, it ripples throughout the universe, not just to our own self.

    When times get tough, I look at my life and ask, “Am I showing up how I want? What strengths can I use to forward motion my life so I am proud of myself?” I do need to give myself a whack at the side of my head to get my head out of my butt on numerous occasions. Sometimes I don’t think I do enough. My mastermind groups are a constant reminder to me that we are serving others, but I often need to PAUSE to remind myself of good works. Humble is good, but not always. Bet I am not the only woman who feels this way. We women need to cheer lead ourselves and each other. But humor usually gets me through!

    Love to you all and great blog!

  • Nancy Jernigan

    24, June 2012 at 10:40 am

    I need my life to be simple. I am retired. If I can make my husband’s life, my children’s lives, and my grandchildren’s lives better then I have met my goals.

  • Susan

    24, June 2012 at 8:02 am

    Hey Susan,

    „I supported my husband for 30 years – I have done enough charity“. This phrase rings in my head. It’s very harsh and as I am sure you know, is that giving is receiving..

    I just thought you should read this article.

    Thanks for sharing this day with me yesterday! I had a good time 🙂

    And we did go for a drink…

    Sue

  • Andrea

    24, June 2012 at 5:04 am

    I can not tell you how timely this post was. Just this week I was questioning the career path I was on. Then I got written up at my job for not working as efficiently as my boss expects me to. This has made me realize that it’s time to get back to what I love to do, which is work for/ with our youth, to inspire them to be the best they can be. It’s time to not just have a job that pays the bills but a career that fills my
    heart and soul with pride. And I need to do whatever I can to get back to that. Thank you for this post.

  • jack

    24, June 2012 at 1:16 am

    I plan on inspiring our youths to become the best at what they enjoy doing. Along the way i play to do something nice or good to any person i may come across on that day, whether it be a smile, assist them with whatever they need help with or just be someone who can lend an ear or hand. I plan on reading other peoples success and focus on being the best me so that the world can embrace me at my fullest. I plan on funding an indoor gym for youths that may not have the funds to get gym memberships, and at the gym i plan to shape them to have values and meaning in whatever it is they do. Also instill in them the power in giving back to the community and how that not only uplifts others but yourself as well. My plan will never stay the same for i plan to have many after i complete each one. Lastly Love…Live…Life

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