Be Unstoppable, Create A Living Legacy
“Love is the bridge between you and everything that you desire” – Rumi
You came into this world to learn, to experience what life is about, and to leave a legacy. Moral integrity is a huge part of the story of your legacy.
“Your story is the greatest legacy that you will leave to your friends. It’s the longest lasting legacy you will leave to your heirs” – Steve Saint
Have you seen the Tom Hanks movie, “Bridge of Spies”? It is based on a true story, taking place after WWII. I found it very interesting how he was able to stick to what he knew to be right, even when it endangered his life and that of his family. He didn’t just accept the self justification that most would of, “you do what you can, cut your losses and accept what is left”.
“You have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved” – Unknown
Because he was a man of high integrity and morals, he was able to do what no one else could do. He literally was able to move mountains, because of his moral integrity. While he couldn’t prevent the guilty verdict for his client (he was guilty), he was able to maneuver the judge into a prison sentence instead of the death penalty. Then when his prediction came true about needing him for a future hostage negotiation, he was able to negotiate the return of an American pilot. And when destiny threw in a twist, he negotiated a second hostage return – a two for one, thereby freeing the innocent college student who got caught behind the Berlin Wall.
“Immortality is to live your life doing good things, and leaving your mark behind” – Brandon Lee
Because he was so driven to make the negotiations work, and stuck with it to force what he felt was the right thing to do, he ended up becoming a hostage negotiator with President Kennedy. He was able to free over 1,900 hostages from Cuba, during the Cuban missile crisis and Bay of Pigs. He obviously made a positive difference in the world. If he had walked away, the story about his legacy would not have come to pass. The differences he made would not have happened. Sometimes life looks like we will lose everything if we keep pushing for what we believe in our hearts is the right thing to do. When that happens, remember stories like this and keep pushing.
When you are truly unstoppable there are some things that are true for you:
- You believe in your heart that if you suffer now and don’t quit, you will live the rest of your life as a champion
- The result that you are fighting for is a craving within your soul, and what amount of work it will take to accomplish it is irrelevant.
- Your attitude and your abilities are forged by your desire for success
“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing” – Benjamin Franklin
You are here for a purpose. It might be some small purposes or world changing. His, was a world changing purpose. He was able to impact hundreds of lives. Our purpose may or may not impact so many lives. I do believe that each one of us has that possibility. The possibility to ask the divine why you are here. To listen to the whispers of your heart, and the calling of your soul. To hear in your dreams the secrets that tell you why you are here.
That is what the light in your heart is. It is the seed that is waiting for you to plant it. To water and nurture it as it grows into your reason for being here. To dig down into the roots of what you are growing and see the unfolding truth of your own myth.
“Legacy is not leaving something for people, it’s leaving something in people” – Peter Strople
Each morning is an opportunity, for you to become that thing which you have been looking for. Stop looking and start becoming. Allow your legacy to shine out, no matter the cost. Shine the light of your heart, on the pathway of love. That is the true bridge to help both yourself and those around you to find your way home.
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you” – Shannon L. Alder