“The key to the fire within is our need to leave a legacy.” Stephen R Covey
The Third Resolution is the pinnacle of the pyramid of the three. It is the summit of our intended compliance, the ultimate, principled objective of Three Resolution living. It is the provision of service, and it is the observance of a noble purpose.
We all want to be remembered. Some do it by being arrogant, believing that respect comes from a significance born of the Big ‘I AM’. Some do it by focusing their time on the attainment of wealth, and while I do understand that from my bedroom/office and sub-£400 laptop computer, it is not an end in itself.
The best of us do it by believing in something, and living for it. Sadly, some heroes die for it, too. In a play about Joan of Arc, the writer Maxwell Anderson quoted her as saying, “I know this now. Every man gives his life for what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing, and so they give their lives to the little or nothing…”
She goes on
“…One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it and then it’s gone. But to surrender who you are and to live without belief is more terrible than dying—even more terrible than dying young.”
What do you believe in? Not necessarily to die for, but something that you would stand up for? Something that you would resign from work for, or risk incarceration for if there was a choice of compliance or denial?