This short video today is pretty old but it’s one of my favorites. It was produced by FranklinCovey back in the 80’s I think and boy is it powerful. Today as my mentor, hero, and Dad turns 80 it fits perfectly. Each of us is born with a blank canvas when we arrive. We can leave it blank, let someone else paint it for us, allow it to get splattered with the debris that happen to hit it OR……. WE can paint a masterpiece. Our Masterpiece. Life is to Live, Love, Learn, and Leave a Legacy. It takes courage to conquer those 4… I guess we can just show up and we must live… But it’s LIVE not live…. Living is a Verb meant to be full of action and DECIDING what life you are living. My Dad has done that now for 80 years. Love…Once again meant to be the Verb or action of Love. Just look around and you will see all those that continue to be blessed by this man’s love. At 80 years old his work week many times approaching 80 plus hours is because of his love and service of those he loves. Learn…Hmmm that doesn’t mean our GPA in High School…With barely a High School education (And I mean barely for my Dad) He is one of the brightest minds I have ever seen. He has learned at every opportunity he has had in life. With each Job opportunity he dug his heels in and gained that knowledge that is king. The knowledge of life and application is far different from School Smarts. Finally Legacy……. That attribute of attributes.
Often when you think about legacy, it’s something that is left behind after a person has passed. Legacy is more about sharing what you have learned, not just what you have earned, and bequeathing values over valuables, as material wealth is only a small fraction of your legacy. A more holistic definition of legacy is when you are genuinely grounded in offering yourself and making a meaningful, lasting and energizing contribution to humanity by serving a cause greater than your own. The requirements of a legacy are that you embrace your uniqueness, passionately immersing your whole self into life so that your gift will be to all and that you take responsibility to ensure that it will have a life beyond that of you, its creator, outliving and outlasting your time on earth. For as long as I can remember my Dad is the definition of Legacy…. His imprint is all over each of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. When you ask any of them about him they will each tell their personal story of how his legacy continues to enrich and bless their lives. Happy B-Day Dad. Looking forward to at least 20 more. Love you and thanks.