What are you leaving behind? What are you building each day?
It’s one thing to be successful. But are you significant?
Over the course of my teaching career, I have found it interesting and helpful to know a little about my students as the individuals they are. What makes them tick? What excites them? What goals drive them? What obstacles stand in their way? More times than not, my students share insights that make me stop, dig a little deeper, and re-evaluate my life.
Many of my students have tough lives with lots of challenges due to choices they have made and/or circumstances they find themselves confronting. Some resign themselves to a life of mediocrity or worse. Others will do anything ethical they can to take control of their destiny and move forward. Such was the student sitting in my office last week. She is one of those students who stands out in a positive way. Articulate, intelligent, engaging, and collaborative with her peers.
My student has had to confront difficult circumstances–yet she is positive and keeps moving forward. I asked her about her motivation to persist. Why was she moving forward while others seem to give up? She shared that at one point in her early life her mother told her, “You are my story.” In other words, the daughter was her mother’s legacy. The way the daughter turned out would reflect upon the mother. The daughter hears that voice–and moves toward her dreams.
“You are my story.”
Four powerful words. That made me think about my story. What am I leaving behind–and what am I building each day? The material possessions will fade. But the relationships, the connections, the words, and the actions–they will remain. It’s one thing to be successful. But will my life be one of significance?
How about you?
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What is your story? What is your significance?
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