If you follow this blog you’ve learned by now that we all have a legacy. Your legacy is who you are. It is everything you have shown yourself to the world to be, whether good or bad. It is the example you set; your words, your actions, the lessons you’ve learned and the lessons you’ve taught. Your legacy is how you will be remembered and the pieces of you that will be left behind. But, did you know that your legacy have eyes? Both figuratively and literally, let’s consider this idea.
The figurative eyes of your legacy are pretty simple to understand. We know that everything starts in the mind where, hopefully, you can “see” yourself being all the things you want to be. It is with the figurative eyes of your legacy that you cast the vision for your life and you begin to draft the plan for how it will be done. Whatever your goal you must first it with your figurative eyes. You see yourself healthy, successful, famous, or even 30 pounds lighter. You see your children grown up, your career advanced, or your life better than it has ever been in the past. Whatever the vision, you “see” it first then you walk towards it. Those are the figurative eyes.
The literal eyes of your legacy are twofold. The first is your very own physical eyes. After you’ve seen with your figurate eyes also seeing with your physical eyes can keep you motivated. So you may have a vision board or post pictures of the things you aspire to be and have. You may look to people who have already obtained what you desire to examine their lives and how they got to where you want to be. As your physical eyes become exposed to the reality of your dreams your legacy continues to build and to grow and everyone around you can see it. That is the second part of the literal eyes of your legacy: people. If your legacy is how the world sees and remembers you then the eyes of those around are essential. It is their interpretation and understanding of who you are and why you do what you do that shapes the memory of you that will be left behind. These are the eyes that we can’t control because behind them lies the experiences and agendas of others. We can, however, ensure that we stick to the vision with an expectation that all will work for our good.
With all these eyes involved it’s evident that someone is always watching. There is always a set of eyes observing and evaluating what you do. At this very moment as you read this blog post your very own eyes are evaluating the impact of what you’ve read. Do you believe it? Will you apply it? Do you really understand what’s been written? Can you actually see what it is you really want to see or does negative thinking cast a shadow that blinds you? Eyes are always there, everywhere, and it is up to you to determine what they see.
Romaine A. Wright