A Heartfelt Legacy

“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~

Sir Nicholas George Winton MBE (born Wertheim; 19 May 1909 – 1 July 2015) was Sa British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport (German for “children transportation”). Winton found homes for the children and arranged for their safe passage to Britain. The world found out about his work over 40 years later, in 1988. The British press dubbed him the “British Schindler.” (referring to Oskar Schindler) ~Wikipedia~

During a faith discussion last week, our group saw a clip of the Nicholas Winton video. It has been on my mind ever since.

What will my legacy look like?

Will I have admirers that are standing up when I turn around?

One doesn’t have to be a Winton or Schindler in order to make a difference in the world. No one has to save another person from death in order to claim a legacy. The world, humanity and a kind heart offers many options to create a legacy. For instance…


Julie has delivered homemade chicken soup to her ill neighbors for 20 years. She takes the elderly neighbors across the street to their doctor appointments and checks in on another neighbor while he’s recovering from major surgery.

Ever since Tom joined his church, he’s been helping to feed the homeless one afternoon a week. He’s talked to most of the guests and knows them all by name. Tom treats everyone with respect and dignity and, in turn, the guests all offer him a smile, a hug or a handshake.

Tina likes to say “hello” to everyone she meets, even the grumpy-faced people. “Have a great day!” is often in her vocabulary. Tina is always upbeat and never gossips or says a discouraging word about anyone. Instead, she finds the positive in people that would otherwise be cast aside.

George is a teacher. He is dedicated to his craft and loves every day that he spends with the children of his fifth grade class. The school where he teaches is not well-endowed with funds, so he buys many of the supplies and some of the books that are needed for the year with his part-time weekend job at the quick mart. The kids and parents love George’s teaching style because he throws his creative heart and soul into sharing his knowledge and wisdom in the classroom.

Barbara doesn’t have much to give. She lost her job last year and is living at a homeless shelter. It’s a tough time for her, but Barbara continues to go to the blood center and donate. She’s done this for the last ten years and has given many gallons. It’s the least she can do, since she has nothing to give at the present except part of herself. Barbara doesn’t want money because she’s more concerned about the health and well-being of others. She has faith that her own situation will eventually improve.


hearthandsYou get the point, right? These are not real people. If they were, think of the legacy that would be left to to their friends, family and the admirers that stand up for them. Their stories are created without selfishness or ego. No one has to be famous or wealthy in order to leave a legacy. We simply have to be humbly kind and loving to every living being that exists in this world.

So…

What will my legacy look like? What will your legacy look like?

I don’t know, but Iet’s all work on it, carving our names on hearts together.


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12 responses to A Heartfelt Legacy

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I think your legacy will be a good story, Mary, because you think about it. Your thoughts guide your actions. We may never know many of the nice things that you do, but I’m sure little bits of our world are better with you in them. We all need to think of the little acts of kindness, that would cost nothing but time, and maybe a small effort but that would make someone’s day much better. Nice post, great message.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks for those kind words, Dan. I believe the same about your legacy. We will all leave one of some sort, I simply don’t want mine to be negative.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You’re welcome. I know…somewhere they do exist. That’s what gives me hope in humanity, that kindness and giving will overcome all that is not so good in the world!

  2. joey says:

    This is a great post.
    I don’t want to define a role or a place exactly, because it’s weird to talk about one’s self like some sorta …. I’m not getting into it, but I will say that my legacy involves food.
    Random acts of kindness should be every day, at every possible turn. I believe that has just as much impact as feeding people. People are equally hungry for kindness and compassion.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      A legacy involving food has to be a flavorful one. Who doesn’t love food?

      You’re right, Joey, about random acts of kindness every day. It’s important to replace the negative spaces with positive ones.

  3. LindaGHill says:

    What a lovely, inspirational post. 🙂 I do believe if we all try to do something kind every day, we will make a difference in the world. Thanks for this, Mary. ❤

  4. Ally Bean says:

    This is a great post. Makes me think about who I am and how people respond to what I do. I doubt that I’ll have any large institutions named after me, but maybe a few people around the world will think back on some of my stories and experiences– and smile. That’d be enough, wouldn’t it?

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Any time you can make someone smile, Ally, you’re adding to the loving forces of the world. Yes, that would be enough! 🙂

  5. LB says:

    Such an excellent post, Mary! There are those who do the “big” things that bring recognition, deservedly so. And then there are those who do the “small” daily things. I’ll be pondering this
    Thank you

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks, Laurie, and you’re welcome! You have a growing legacy of your own, for all of the good things you do because of your fabulously good heart.

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