Are you building a legacy?
Recently I wrote about the discipline of Teaching What You've Been Taught because not only does the habit reinforce your learning, it also leaves a legacy for those who follow.
When you teach others, you're building bridges.
Of course, it would be easier to just "do your deal" and not bother mentoring others. Many people choose to live their lives looking out for themselves. While this might feel more efficient, it's not fulfilling OR terribly interesting.
The joy of life is giving yourself to others: to teach, mentor, lead.
Enjoy this simple reminder by WILL ALLEN DROMGOOLE.
THE BRIDGE BUILDER
An old man, going a lone highway, Came at the evening cold and gray, To a chasm, vast and deep and wide, Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim- That sullen stream had no fears for him; But he turned, when he reached the other side, And built a bridge to span the tide.
"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim near, "You are wasting strength in building here. Your journey will end with the ending day; You never again must pass this way
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide, Why build you the bridge at the eventide?"
The builder lifted his old gray head. "Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today A youth whose feet must pass this way. This chasm that has been naught to me To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim; Good friend, I am building the bridge for him."
-WILL ALLEN DROMGOOLE
Who needs your wisdom and insights most? Turn around and build a bridge for them.
This is your opportunity to leave a legacy.