My fellow Miamians will know that ‘love and honor’ is the first line of the university’s fight song. Love and honor is more than words to my alma mater’s fight song; it is what I want my legacy to be. This brings us to today’s edition of Let’s BlogOff, in which we attempt to describe our individual legacy.
I try to live my life by The Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” I can think of no better way to be remembered as honorable. Below are a few examples from my life.
- While helping someone drop an engine into a car, I fell off a milk crate and ended up with a 4″ gash on my left calf. This person rescued me during a snow storm, when I had a flat tire.
- Working 15 hours one day to complete testing for a customer who wanted results the following day. One of the electronics engineers spent an entire day giving me a plant tour because I wanted to better understand the customer’s processes.
- Taking a friend to the airport at 4:00 AM. He listened to my problems for nearly two hours the previous evening without complaining.
- Staying up until 2:00 AM for three days straight helping a friend move. When my ex paid me a not-so-pleasant visit a month later, my friend was the first person I called and encouraged me to contact police.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not nice to people just to get something in return. I assist people because I care, and it makes me feel worthwhile.
Love and honor are basic needs of life. They are what most of us strive for. I can think of nothing more than ask to be remembered as a loving and honorable person.