Legacy can be a big word, intimidating even. When I used to think of my legacy, it got big, really big. . . like, “what would they erect a statue of me for” big. This bigness left me frozen, not sure what exactly I needed to be doing to make that kind of impression on the world. And then I began to understand the day-to-day legacy we have. I know that every interaction we have, we leave our legacy in the world.
With this new understanding, I see the impacts of my daily choices, and know to live with greater intention each day. Legacy became a daily practice and something much more real for me in my life. It became about each moment.
And then I went to Ethiopia.
As I sat in a room with over 100 leaders from all over southern Ethiopia, I realized that I also have a legacy that is big. Huge. And the difference is, it isn’t about me at all. I had this idea in my head that in order to leave a big legacy, I had to be the “front-man”, the center of it all. That entire idea was completely flipped on its head when I sat in the back of the room, holding timing signs for our session, and thinking about the impact the people in the seats in front of me are going to have on not only Ethiopia, but the world. And my legacy, is that I held the space for them to do it.
I am not the one with all of the answers, nor do I need to be. What I do have is the ability to see possibility in the people around me, love them a lot, and share with them the tools I use every day to live a great life.
Whether I am sitting with a client in a coffee shop in Minneapolis, leading a group of young women in leadership development sessions, or holding time and space in a conference hall in Ethiopia, I know that my legacy is to hold people to their greatest possibility and share the things I know to support them.
In this way, the bigness and realness of legacy become one. I am this for anyone who asks me to be.
It is my legacy.