One of the greatest questions that we can and should ask ourselves everyday goes along the logic of, “What do I want to be remembered for?” “What is my legacy?”
Such a question forces us to see ourselves from a different perspective — forces us to see ourselves as a different person. It’s not a question of what we’ve done in the past, or are doing in the present, but rather one of who we want to become.
In doing so, we also open up our eyes. It’s like a refresher of sorts that prompts us to become better people and gives us a glimpse at the great potential that we were meant for.
I believe our lives are worth sharing. What may be a mundane routine for us may be a new and refreshing experience for others. In the process, it may create something much more rewarding than we can possibly imagine.
My professor, a former politician, told us about a time when he helped a student. At the time, there was no law that limited how late people younger than 16 could stay at work, and she was working long hours.
A bill was introduced, and was sent to the floor. Then it was passed, but not before he’d ask her to testify before the California Congress. He didn’t need to. It wasn’t necessary. But he did.
Not many 16-year-olds get to say they testified before a legislative body, but she did. It was a daily routine for him but she experienced something remarkable. Not many 16-year-olds get to say they testified before a legislative body. But she did.
And it didn’t take him any extra effort, nor cost him any money.
We should all have something worth sharing, especially in the jobs that we do. Even the most boring things like doing sales calls or building Excel spreadsheets have their merits.
It’s not because the jobs themselves are interesting. Rather, people are inherently interested. We are curious creatures. And the wonderful thing about sharing is that it gives us a chance to discover a little more about ourselves.
Oh and I forgot to mention… my professor now works as the CEO of a not-for-profit. The girl, now a wealthy banker, donated a sizable amount to his organization.