Fear of Death: What to do now.

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I was just inspired by a conversation about colleagues who are a few years away from retirement. These colleagues are difficult in meetings. They’re creating conflicts. They’re acting out.

In these behaviors, they may not only be fighting for their perspective in the meeting on the small point under discussion.

They may be fighting for their legacy.

When they retire, they cease to have a voice in the arena at work. Their sphere of influence is reduced. And they are feeling, perhaps, that they haven’t done or been enough until now. As the curtain drops, they are trying hard to hold it up, to fight their way to the front of the stage.

They are not showing trust in the years they have invested so far. They’re not filled with grace. They seem filled with a sense of scarcity.

What can we do now, before that day comes in our own lives, to enable a graceful passing of the torch to the next generation? To feel full? To feel it was enough?

What can we do now, before that day comes in our own lives, to enable a graceful passing of the torch to the next generation? To feel full? To feel it was enough?

No matter how early in your life or career you are, it can pay off to think about your legacy.

  • What do I want to be known for?
  • What do I want to have done, whom do I want to have been, in my time here?
  • How am I showing up for myself and for others? Who am I showing up as?

Here at the end of the year 2018, with the cover of darkness outside in the Northern Hemisphere, it is a perfect time to think about our legacies and how we want to show up to honor our own growing legacies starting on January 1.

  • What can I do TODAY to feed that legacy?
  • Who do I want to BE to establish that legacy?
  • Maybe we start with the question, what IS my legacy on this earth?

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