Excerpt from “A Primer in Positive Psychology” by Christopher Peterson:
Imagine the final moments of your life and how you might take stock of how you had lived. This exercise formalizes the request. Think ahead to your life as you would like it to be and how you would like to be remembered by those closest to you. What accomplishments would they mention? What personal strengths would they enumerate? In short, what is your legacy?
This is not the occasion to be modest or flip. But neither is this the occasion to indulge in a fantasy. Hopes and dreams have a way of not coming true unless we do something to make them happen. Look back over what you’ve written, and ask yourself if you have a plan that will bring about your legacy that is realistic and within your power. And more to the point, are you enacting this plan in your present life?