Speaking Point: Ten years after you’re gone from this life, will anyone remember who you were? What about 50 or 100 years later…will your name or life still mean anything to anyone? While you many never be mentioned in history textbooks, you can still leave a memorable impression that leaves people talking for generations to come. The key is to live a clear and empowered life every day.
Speaking Point: Make each day count by being conscious of your days and time left. One way to do this is to record messages for your loved ones, sharing with them your feelings and philosophies. If I died today unexpectedly, my father, husband, sisters, daughter, and close friends would all get a video of me expressing my love and gratitude to them with a letter and a gift.
Speaking Point: Document your life—film crew not required! In addition to recording messages for loved ones, create a video legacy of your life for future generations. Here’s a simple technique for what to record: 1) Tell your life story – it can be a quick version highlighting the places you’ve lived, your three pivotal moments, and three greatest hits. 2) Tell what you have learned and how your pivotal moments have changed you. 3) Finally, forgive those closest to you and at least one person you didn’t like. (You don’t need to put this in your video; this can be something you write down.) The key is to capture your true essence. Sharing your truth heals yourself and others. Your journey is unique and when shared, it is freeing.
Speaking Point: Practice forgiveness. Forgive those whom you feel have wronged you and forgive yourself for any wrongs. The way to forgive others is by releasing the energy they hold in you. That way what they did can’t affect you anymore. You can do that by sending them blessings and love. To forgive yourself, make a list of everyone you feel you have wronged. Then, make amends by doing something for them (it can be done anonymously). For example, if you stole something from them, buy them something equivalent to what you stole and mail it to them. If you lied to them, find a way to make amends by confessing the truth and why you felt you had to lie. Be vulnerable or think of something creative to do anonymously depending on what the situation was.
Speaking Point: We all want to think that our life matters, that we’re making a difference, or that our efforts will inspire others in some way. The only way to make sure that happens is to consciously consider your life’s path. By doing so, you can ensure that your deeds, ideas, values, and beliefs will live on indefinitely.