Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Legacy and heritage
As I have been attempting to draw near to the close of my time in university, I have been considering what I want my legacy to be as I finish up in different groups and activities in order to determine how I can finish well. But attending my great-grandmother's funeral today put everything in perspective. Her legacy, and therefore my heritage, is that she put God first, family second, and everything else after that. It was great to celebrate her life as one lived well, and to see that her greatest legacy was there today: her family. I particularly appreciated being one of the unfortunately few of the family who claims not only genetic heritage, but also spiritual heritage; not that I wish that selectivity to continue, but just that I value being able to share that dimension of the proceedings and of her life. But back to the point - my legacy now as I end university. The fact is that I have done a lot of good things and I have worked hard, and my legacy will live on primarily through the relationships I have built. Those relationships - not the classes, not the activities, not even amending constitutions - are the important legacy, and part of the heritage that I can leave for the generations of students who follow in my footsteps in those groups and activities. And I feel good about that.