July begun with a unique meeting celebrating a living legend in Bishop William Tuimising. The celebration which was attended by clergy and laymen alike from all walks of life was manifest that Tuimising’s 60 years for service this 2022 were not a mirage that fades but instead a clear legacy worth of emulation and celebration.
My address to the attendants of that celebration on 5th July 2022 became an inspiration to me as I thought of legacy and what it would take to have a good one. It brought to mind the joy of being celebrated not just when you are gone but when you are alive and for being a part of the value to society.
A legacy is not just the words you say but also the impact of your actions on the generations that come after you. As an entrepreneur, it is the investment you put into the lives of those that trust you with their hard earned money. As a worker, it is the remnant of your income over the years that goes to better your life and those that depend on you.
As a parent, it is who your children attribute to you for the impact you have had in their lives. Whichever way you choose to be remembered just make sure it will not be a reason for your turning in the grave or putting tears in the eyes of those who look up to you.
Thinking of Bishop Tuimising, he led a great example of a church leader starting with the handover of the Deliverance Church International after 22 years when he was at the age of 58 to Bishop Mark Kariuki. His ministry of 60 years is a testament that he touched the lives of many including locally, regionally and internationally.
It was humbling to be seated in this gathering as we listened to tributes to the Bishop including words of great encouragement by Mama Rachel Ruto. The same celebration can happen to the best of us if we choose to do the right thing, focussing our efforts on bettering ourselves and being of value to the family, society, nation and the world as a whole.
This July is an excellent time for you to take stock of what your legacy could be. Whatever you desire to be your legacy, you are contributing o everyday bt it daily by the things, decisions, networks, connections and much more, that you do on a daily basis.
Two questions for you though….
- What would you want to be remembered for?
- What are you doing about it?
That is what your legacy is.
George Wachiuri is a leading Entrepreneur, a Published Author, Philanthropist, Youth Empowerment Enthusiast, a Family man and CEO of Optiven Group.