Together we are transformed, driven by individual purpose and drawn into a collective vision.
In my past corporate life it was natural for me to consistently share what I was learning along the way. The same has been true in the solo-preneur part of my journey. However, at this stage of my life and living, it feels very different. The trained accountant in me so wants to pick up the mechanical pencil and figure it all out (yes, I have an accounting degree; go figure).
It is not just about sharing, or even teaching. there is a push, and pull, to leave the gift of my work to another.
Is this Legacy?
Entering yet another transitional period in my life and work has me a bit preoccupied with my legacy. For a very long time I’ve worked hard not to separate my life into compartments. This fed a commitment to do the work before me with purpose and eventually to do work that elected me.
Talk about beginners-mind! In this challenge I am taken it seems back to the very beginning. In my review and research for this writing, I was reminded of a poem I composed three years prior.
What others see as risk, you see as reality.
Passion allows vision;
It is in the crosshairs of your present.
What others fear losing, you claim for energy.
Energy funds passion;
It is the source of art in your work.
What others desperately desire, you gladly share.
Love is energy;
It is an advocate for their confident passion.
This transition from passion/work to passion/legacy is one of the toughest challenges with which I’ve been confronted. And so for me, legacy is leaving the gift of a work and love that chose me.
Who are those who will remember me? Clearly, in my mind, it is only those whose life and living were enhanced by the interaction. As my favorite writer David Whyte says in his book, Crossing the Unknown Sea; “Death is not impressed by what we have done, unless what we have done leaves a legacy of life; … What is remembered in all our work is what is still alive in the hearts and minds of others.”
We leave a legacy one person at a time.
The world cries out for the energy of your impact. And your impact is born in your passion. In my transition this is an encouraging reminder.