Legacy. This word came up a few times this past week: at our SAC meeting, in discussion about Helen, in my readings and also as we ran the Terry Fox Run.
Think for a moment about the legacy of Terry Fox. He was diagnosed with cancer and had his leg amputated when he was just 18 years old. Despite his own struggles he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. No one could have imagined the legacy that was beginning to unfold as he took his first steps in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Thirty-one years after he first began his run, over $550 million has been raised in Terry’s name. Though his goal was much more humble, the success of his journey did not happen by accident. Terry brought his passion, formed a plan, showed more persistence than most of us could muster, and the rest is history.
What are you passionate about? How will you leave your mark on this world?
Each of us has the power to influence, inspire and be a positive force in this world. Most of us will not leave a legacy as large as Terry Fox, but as Mahatma Gandhi once said, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”