Legacy – Ring My Bell and Remember What It Sounds Like

If you’ve ever read some of my earlier posts, you’ll know that my ideal is to be remembered when I’m gone. I believe the things you do in life dictates the legacy that you leave when you die.

At toastmasters I was doing my CC10 (the last speech in the competent communicator manual before you get an award for competent communication), and my topic was on this self-same subject. The title of that speech was: “What’s in the Box?” My friend who was mentoring me gave me a box with a bell, and at the end of the speech, I would whip off the lid and out pops the ringing bell. I said we must not be afraid to ring our bell, show what’s in our box, and make sure we are remembered.

As I drafted that speech, I thought of how mean people can be, but when you die, people say wonderful things about you. I used the scenario of a fat lady who worked with me; she always drank too much Coke, ate too much, etc, and the staff gossiped about her. I guessed that if she died, people would sing a different tune.

She did die, I think two years ago, and I was at her funeral. The attendance was very scant, and at the end that was the thing that broke my heart and caused me to cry.

I hope that when I die, I will be remembered; though my voice is still, the clanging of my bell must live in the hearts of all my friends.

Enough issues for tissues now. I think tomorrow I’ll tell you a joke. 🙂

2 comments to Legacy – Ring My Bell and Remember What It Sounds Like

  • Thank you for the interesting post. As it happens, I belong to a Toastmasters club in California and serve as their VP of Public Relations. Have completed my CC and CL and am working on AS. Fun, fun, and a wonderful learning opportunity.
    Your speech and topic sound interesting — a great idea, and there’s a lot to be said for great ideas in speech writing. Emotional, too, as life is most times.
    I enjoyed visiting via A-Z Blogging Challenge.

    • Oh wow. Thanks for the feedback on my post. Yes, Toastmasters is great fun and I love it. Right now I have relocated, and am starting a new club, and PR is my biggest challenge.

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