Leaving a legacy

Is life just dust to dust? I don’t think so.

We all hope that our time on the planet will not be for nothing. We’d like to leave the world a better or richer place. There are many things we might leave behind after our passing: a wall built, a song recorded, a picture painted or a garden planted.

If you have left a legacy you have changed something, or created something. You will have left your mark. In the long run what will matter most? Possessions and wealth; or moments remembered. Will they remember the money or the love?

In fact there is something we can leave behind which extends our life. You know already what it is.

More valuable than money, it will live on and be passed along by our descendants. It is at your fingertips and within your grasp. It is also the greatest gift of all.

It is your life story.

In a way, we write it down to make sense of the world. Here are some quotes on LIFE STORY and LEAVING A LEGACY – I hope you enjoy.

Mark Koehler, Founder LifeStory Writing.


The souls of men are not measured by what they have done, but by what they leave behind.
― Anonymous

No legacy is so rich as honesty.
― William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

I had an inheritance from my father,
It was the moon and the sun.
And though I roam all over the world,
The spending of it’s never done.
― Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

Are we being good ancestors?
― Jonas Salk

We all want to matter to someone, to leave a mark. ― Vicktor Alexander

A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you . . . I write because one day I will be gone, but what I believed and felt will live on.
― Shannon L. Alder

When you have left your life, you will be judged not for your possessions but for your contributions.
― Debasish Mridha

Language allows us to reach out to people, to touch them with our innermost fears, hopes, disappointments, victories. To reach out to people we’ll never meet.
It’s the greatest legacy you could ever leave your children or your loved ones:
The history of how you felt.
― Simon Van Booy

The songs of our ancestors are also the songs of our children.
― Philip Carr-Gomm
Your story is the greatest legacy that you will leave to your friends. It’s the longest-lasting legacy you will leave to your heirs.
― Steve Saint

Leave your legacy – not in possessions or accolades – but in moments. Moments that matter.
― Alicia M. Smith

Funny how we do not realize the true value and legacy of a living icon until they suddenly pass away. Truth is, there are many living legends among us, we just do not stop and take time to notice their worth until it’s too late.
― Germany Kent

I write to find strength.
I write to become the person that hides inside me.
I write to light the way through the darkness for others.
I write to be seen and heard.
I write to be near those I love.
― Shannon L. Alder

Make someone feel something and you will never be forgotten.
― Charlotte Eriksson

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