When you stroll through the streets of Rome, history is very real. You walk a block and there is an ancient ruin. You walk another block and there is another ruin. Then you walk some more and there’s the Colosseum.
These ruins are not just old, they are ancient. Yet what is incredible is that they are still standing. Through the ages and the passing of time they have remained. Yes, much of their original beauty and magnificence has faded with each ruler who has conquered the area, but you cannot stand next to something like the Colosseum without feeling small, young, and even somewhat naive.
Whatever education we may have or experiences we may have been though, may we always make space in our lives for an extra dose of intellectual humility. Gandhi once explained, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” These ancient ruins have stood their ground for longer than anyone alive today. When we gaze up at them in awe and admiration, may we see not only the beauty in their present condition, nor the splendor of what they once were all those years ago, but may we learn from their stories to hopefully leave a standing legacy far into the future.
What is something that inspires you to leave a legacy? Please feel free to share in the comments! 🙂