Creating a legacy is not just a financial exercise. It is also an opportunity to share with your family and survivors the issues and concerns that you care about and may want to instill in others. Think about making sure that you have documented and shared information, letters, writings, photographs, family trees, and memories that are of significant importance to you.
We all want to be remembered by our loved ones - because being remembered means that our lives had meaning and significance to them. Creating a legacy for your loved ones can help them preserve their memories of you and help them remember you with joy, peace, and happiness.
These steps and questions might help you to begin to think about your legacy.
- Write down 3 accomplishments that you are most proud of
- Write down 3 things you will accomplish in the next 3-5, and 10-20 years
- What do you want your survivors to remember about you?
- How do you want them to remember you?
- What can you do today that will give you peace in knowing that these things can and will be achieved?
Consider writing an autobiography, collecting all of your sermons and papers into one location, or scanning and preserving those things that help define who you are and what you believe so that family members or those closest to you can learn from and cherish your experience in life.