"The Lizard Becomes Your Legacy"
from Who Put a Lizard in My Lasagna?
by Sam Glenn
What do you want to be remembered for? When you look back on your life, what will others remember about you? What will your legacy be? Did you use up the best of who you are, or will there be leftovers? The lizard experience was something my mom started by using her uniqueness mixed with a positive attitude. It will be something she will always be known for—hiding a toy lizard in my lasagna and setting something positive in motion that would impact many people.
We all have the ability to create a legacy for ourselves when we care enough to give the best of who we are with a positive attitude.
Your Extraspecial Signature
In the old TV show, the Lone Ranger always left behind a symbol of his greatness—a silver bullet. Zorro did something similar. Whenever he did a good deed, he left his mark, the letter Z, scratched on a wall with his sword.
I leave toy lizards that, if mixed with a positive attitude, will have a positive impact.
What do you want to be remembered for? I want to be known for my kindness and sincerity. That's part of my extraspecial signature. I like to do nice things for others. It doesn't matter if I'm at work or at home, in public or around only one other person. If the opportunity presents itself to act, I do.
This is meaningful to me because of all the people who have done kind things for me. Because of their actions, I am motivated to do the same. It's a pet peeve of mine to see rudeness. There is not a single benefit to being rude. None.
In fact, even when rudeness might be justified, it's better for everyone to be kind. I was once so tired during a flight home that I fell asleep on the shoulder of the woman next to me. When I woke up, I started laughing and apologized.
She might have given me a piece of her mind or even a dirty look. Instead, she smiled and said, "It was my pleasure. You are welcome to finish your nap there if you'd like."
Her gesture was sweet and sincere. It also helped that I hadn't drooled on her!
To act with kindness is to take an opportunity to build a legacy. Maybe your act of kindness is to get involved with a cause that helps children with cancer. Maybe it's being a source of encouragement for others. We've all had times when we've needed help and wondered whom we could call on.
What will your legacy be?