“The Boss” seems to be minding his legacy with his just released The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story. So does Oprah.
“On Friday Oprah broke out the breakaway dress, which can only mean one thing!!!!!” gleefully proclaims Yahoo’s Daytime in No Time Nikki Boyer. Nikki cuts to Oprah giving away her “all-time favorite things” including shoes, sweaters, jewelry, bake ware, 3D TVs, and, of course, a luxury cruise.
Hmm… What legacies are we leaving behind? How do we want to be remembered? What difference do we want to make?
Last night my husband and I watched an amazing 1997 Spanish-with-English-subtitles film about a distinguished Guatemalan doctor (played by Federico Luppi) who longed to leave behind a legacy of hope and healing in the disease-ridden rural regions of his country. Three years earlier, the good Dr. Fuentes had trained and deployed several young physicians to tend to the myriad medical needs of the impoverished villagers. Not for the faint of heart, Men with Guns takes us on the aging doctor’s determined quest to find his former students whom, he discovers, have been brutally murdered by armed guerrilla soldiers, along with the dear salt people/gum people/tobacco people/sugar people/banana people the well-meaning doctors were sent to serve. Dr. Fuentes’ heart is broken. His legacy (or so it seems) up in smoke.
Such movies can’t help but make me think: What legacy am I building? Will it last? Will it make a difference?
If you don’t mind sharing, I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you’re aiming to leave a legacy that truly matters. (And if you ever see Men with Guns, look for the messages of hope!)
Thank you and bless you.