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What Will Be Your Legacy?

Author: Robbie Ropella  Posted 6 years, 2 weeks, 3 days, 2 hours, 17 minutes ago.   ShareThis Article

Robbie shares her thoughts…
The passing of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, was indeed a very sad affair. He was a visionary who created something from nothing and is a true example of the American Dream. His name is known worldwide for the technology he brought to the marketplace that has impacted all of our lives, leaving behind quite a legacy. That got me thinking forward a bit to the question: what type of legacy will I leave behind? I obviously have not left an impact on technology, but what about in other areas?

My mom is a great example of an average person impacting others lives in an extraordinary way. We expected her to die of stage-four, non-hodgkin’s systemic B cell lymphoma over nine years ago, but she’s a fighter. Since then we have almost lost her to lung cancer, blood clots, and pancreatitis on numerous occasions, but she keeps fighting. Her focus, interestingly enough, is never on herself, but on serving others and ministering to them. Whether it’s someone walking around Wall Mart who looks sad and dejected because they just lost their job or someone whose spouse has just passed away, Mom is constantly taking time to listen, pray, encourage others, and give back to those in need. 

When I go back home to visit, people often stop me in a store just to let me know what a blessing my mom has been in their lives. I have decided that’s the type of legacy I want to leave behind. We are all given different gifts and abilities. Steve Jobs was a genius and his gift to the world was enormous, but you don’t have to be a genius to impact those around you. Sometimes it takes someone ordinary, someone like my mom, who is just a small women with a big heart.

Pat responds…
Wow, to leave a legacy like Steve Jobs…mind bending. To leave a legacy like Robbie’s mom…not likely – I’m just not wired that way. These are two fine examples of lives well lived. I hope my legacy is that my family members, employees, and friends are happy, well adjusted, and catching my contagious entrepreneurial spirit and are energized by my encouraging efforts to be all they can be…no matter where they are in life.

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