There is a story in which a man sitting in a bar started a conversation with the waiter who was cleaning the floor. The conversation started with general themes: weather, soccer, until family. The man sitting in the bar noticed that the waiter was experiencing more serious problems than his; so he did everything possible to know more detail. The waiter was very sad. His family life had been chaotic; he had no money, no desire to return home. He emphasized again and again that everyone else's life was much better than his. And he regretted about it.
Listening carefully, the man sitting at the bar answered: do you think that your life is the worst? Do you think you can beat us all? Look at this: and he moved. The man was disabled, using a wheelchair. Not only that, he had been detected of cancer. He didn’t know if he would beat the cancer or not, but he was sure of something: appreciate the joy of waking up every day.
The waiter was speechless. The man emphasized how lucky the waiter was. He could run... he had more sunrises. He had no pain; he had everything to keep going. His life could change just by changing his attitude. In short: he had more physical advantage than the man in a wheelchair.
The next day the man in a wheelchair met the waiter. The waiter was another: his sadness was gone and shine of happiness. The man asked: what happened yesterday to today? And the waiter answered: you. Yesterday before I met you, my plans were to commit suicide. Get out of work and throw myself on the train tracks. When talking with you my vision changed. With just having listened to me, you gave me hope again. Hope in me, in my life. For you I have decided to change my mind and live... live for me... live for you...
What the man in a wheelchair left in the waiter is more than a lesson: it is a legacy. It is a succession... leaving another person a value. And this value was that of life.
And you, what legacy are you going to leave?