Each of us wants to matter. We want to be recognized for our contributions, our thoughts or our work. We want to know we would be missed if we weren’t around. When people talk about leaving a legacy, what they are saying is they want to matter even beyond their lifetime.
One way to matter, is to take the opportunities that present themselves to make others feel they matter. I’m reminded of that old quote about how people may not remember what you said, but they’ll remember how you made them feel. I think that’s definitely true.
It’s also a good exercise to consider how we matter, and if we don’t think we do, how we might live differently so we can. I think everyone just wants to feel recognized and heard – to know they matter.