What is your legacy? What do you want to leave behind when you leave this planet?
I’ve worked with people for years, and what I have found is that, what brings people the most peace and the most contentment is when they feel like they have meaning in their life, when they have a purpose in their life. When people feel like they’re just floating along with no meaning, no purpose, contributing nothing or leaving nothing behind, or if they’re just going through the motions just for the sake of going through the motions, they feel like their life if meaningless. And, because we have this higher consciousness, unlike the plants or even some animals, we actually contemplate our lives, and when we contemplate our lives and feel like it’s meaningless we often don’t even feel that there is a reason to live.
What is your legacy?
A legacy is like an M&M in your hand. When you hold it in your hand for a while then open it again you see that the M&M leaves a stain. That is its legacy.
What are the kinds of legacies that people leave?
Some people leave a legacy through their children. They bring children into the world and they do all that they can to raise them well, and they carry on the evolution that way. Their children then make contributions to society. Some people create a legacy through giving to humanity, through finding a cause that they believe in and they contribute their time or money to that cause so that when they leave they feel like they’ve done something productive with their lives. Some people leave a legacy by creating something new or discovering something new. Look at Albert Einstein. That was quite a legacy he left. Some people leave a legacy by brining joy into people’s lives. Entertainers do their craft and help bring pleasure and entertainment into people’s lives. That is their legacy.
What’s your legacy?
When you go about your day to day life, what are you creating that will be left behind when you die?
In my life, I have two main legacies that I want to leave. One is my son, and the way that I parent him and all that he can be in this life, all that he already is, so that when I go I leave behind this wonderful legacy of a fantastic human being. The other legacy is through my work and my teachings. I hope to leave behind teachings that will inspire people and uplift people, unite people, and help evolution continue. People have different legacies, and it depends upon what your soul longs for that will be your legacy. Not everyone leaves a positive legacy. Some people leave terrible legacies for others to clean up, such as Hitler.
What kind of positive legacy can you leave behind that will leave a stain or an imprint that will help serve humanity in some way?
For women, there have been women in the women’s movement who have allowed me to have the job that I have, who have allowed women to go into the workforce in ways that they never did before. What was Rosa Parks’ legacy? She would not go to the back of the bus. Do you think that was fun for her, getting badgered like that? It wasn't, but she left a huge legacy behind. She was part of the civil rights movement and part of what created the equality and social justice for African Americans.
What kind of legacy are you meant to leave behind?
Heather Hans, LCSW, MSW, MBA, CPIC, is a Visionary, Healer & Teacher, and the author of The Heart of Self-Love: How to Radiate with Confidence. It is Heather's firm belief that loving oneself is necessary to have fulfilling relationships and a successful life.