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Opinions of Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Columnist: Hardi, Ibrahim

What will be your life legacy?.

Have you ever thought of what people will say about you when you have
died? I know, I am the only crazy one, please forgive me but I think it
is important. As I grew up and attended people’s funerals , I listened
with fascination to peoples’ eulogies and admired their life
accomplishments. What they accomplished, who they influenced and
they touched during their life on earth. Most times they left out the
unscrupulous parts, but it didn’t mean these memories were forgotten.
People still talked about them and their legacies even years later after
they were gone, dependent on their impact. Anyway, I don’t want to look
like a sadist but I just want to remind you, as you work hard to be
successful, rich and happy, remember to leave a legacy behind you. A
legacy is left and lives for a long time. Especially, if you did
significant for a long time and it touched people’s life. It can be positive or
negative for example, there are positive people who left respectable
legacies like Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, My hero Jerry Rawlings, Nelson Mandela,
Dr Martin Luther King, UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill etc.
There are others unforgotten for wrong reasons like the German leader Hitler
and Ugandan Leader Idi Amin among others you might know. Even so, we
don’t have to do big and great things like the above examples to leave a
legacy, but whatever we do on a daily basis influences somebody and
shapes how we will be remembered. So I urge you to reflect about it, if
you need to improve it is the high time you get your
act together.
It is important to also have a look at the great influences in your life
and the legacy they left with you. So have you maintained it if it was
I challenge you to do the same, maintain good legacies
that influence your life and create new ones that you would like to be
remembered with. Leave a legacy especially for your children, family
members, neighbors and colleagues at work. Also, influence the next and
future generations positively. Let them remember you for
your hard
work, balanced living, positive mind-set, generous & forgiving
heart,selflessness and support for others in need within your reach. Dr
John Maxwell book on Laws of Leadership states that ‘Your life is like a
book. The title page is your name, the preface is your introduction to
this world. The pages are a daily record of your efforts, trials,
pleasures, discouragements and achievements. Day by day your thoughts
and acts are being inscribed in your book of life. Hour by hour the
record is being made that must stand for all time. Once the word finish
must be written, let it then be said of your book that it is a record of
noble purposes, generous service and work well done. Someday people
will summarize your life with a single sentence. Pick the sentence now
that it is within your power- by the legacy you choose live by.

I dedicate this piece to a friend Paul A.A. Justice. May the Almighty God help him
in all his endeavors!!!!!!!.

Ibrahim Hardi,0208235615