Activities that give meaning to your daily life

Civic Activity,
and Your Legacy

Activities that aid the broader community and/or establish your legacy to the future

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Everything you do makes its own mark, usually small but occasionally larger, on society. And everything you do becomes part of the legacy you will someday leave behind: how people remember you and your effect on themselves and others.

By approaching civic activity and legacy in a conscious, purposeful way, you can help assure that your impact on society is not only positive, but also reflective of the specific values and interests that matter to you. And you can assure that, when you are gone, friends and family will retain positive memories of you – and even that they remember you as, in some ways, an example to emulate and to pass along to others.

By focusing on the impact that you have on others, directly and by your example, you have the opportunity to sculpt that impact, to have it be what you want it to be, not just an unintended side-effect of your own existence.

Civic Activity and Legacy relate to other areas of Purpose:

Civic Activity and Legacy relate to other areas besides Purpose:

Civic Activity and Legacy Sub-Topics and Resources

There are far more civic causes, and far more information about civic engagement in general, than we could ever aspire to point you toward. But here are some of the best places to help you get thinking about civic engagement, to find causes and activities that you might want to support, and to help you start up your own activities and events, if you are so inclined.

Every adult should have a will. If you don’t have one, the laws of your state will determine what happens to your property (legally referred to as your “estate,” whether or not you own any land). In almost all cases, you could make a better choice yourself, and in many cases the state rules would be strongly contrary to a given individual’s wishes.

But beyond merely avoiding the absurd, you can and should decide what people or institutions you feel strongly that you want to help when you are gone. The financial arrangements you make - whether via your will or via other documents - can benefit family, friends, and/or religious or civic causes, and they also become a permanent part of how you will be remembered.

Two perspectives on life: First, we will all be gone some day, and eventually long gone – so will we be remembered, and if so, how? Second, as we live our lives, we gain experience and wisdom at what can often be a great cost to ourselves – so how do we share that with others we care about, especially the younger folks in the family, so they don’t have to pay the same price again?

Naturally, we achieve some of this by our ordinary interactions with those we love. But in most cases, only part of what we have to say ever gets spoken, and much of what we say is not heard by everyone who might benefit from it. Most of us eventually die with knowledge and ideas, and sometimes with important messages to others, that somehow never got expressed.

Your life story is perhaps the most important part of your legacy. And there is more than one way you can express it and preserve it, along with other important messages you might want to leave behind.