When considering what a legacy is or might be, it is helpful to make a distinction between living a legacy and leaving a legacy. Living a legacy relates to those actions or values that you can live "into" each day. For example, deciding to practice forgiveness, honesty, respect, courage, perseverance, or generosity in the given day. As you live these qualities day by day, they will generate a series of experiences between you and others. While you may not be able to control the outcome of these contacts, you do have influence over the inputs. As you practice these things over weeks and months and years they become written into the lives of others.
Leaving a legacy may be thought of as something you leave behind after you die. This can be a monetary inheritance or gift, material objects like special books, furniture, jewelry, china. It might also include written or visually recorded reflections by you about highights of your life and relationships, about what you valued, about what you feel is important in life, about your love for those you leave behind.
You may not be able to leave a legacy intentionally but if you live a legacy intentionally, it will be the case that you have left a legacy of great value.
I agree that the unsigned note provided a bit too much context for the dictionary, but there may be something missing from the definition. I'm not sure that "living a legacy" is covered by definition #2 "Something inherited from a predecessor; a heritage." Is the "legacy" in this case "something inherited?" If so, then maybe another example would help. If not, then how do you define that use of "legacy?" Ben 00:29, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
Parts of Speech
Is there a verb, adverb, and antonym for legacy?
- How would you use it in a sentence, I can't think of a circumstance where legacy can take on the role of a verb. Jamesjiao → T ◊ C 06:30, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
What does a "legacy album" mean? A kind of "best of" or one made from previously unreleased recordings when the artist/band is no longer active? --Thrissel 22:46, 21 September 2011 (UTC)