My recently passed mother gave nearly 50 years of service to the Spastic Centre of South Australia which subsequently became SCOSA and CARA. My mum’s record of service was recognised by being a patron of SCOSA and being awarded an OAM for her service to those organisations.

Her service is also recognised by CARA through awarding the Edna Redman Service Excellence Award for Community Service. I was recently invited to present that award on behalf of the Redman family at the CARA Celebrates gala dinner. It was an incredibly proud and moving moment when I presented the award to Timothy Anderson.

The wonderful example set by my mother and also the many stories I heard on the evening about the exemplary services provided by CARA caused me to reflect on the legacy that I will leave when I pass. In this regard, I found the following quote from Simon Sinek particularly meaningful:

“The value of our lives is not determined by what we do for ourselves. The value of our lives is determined by what we do for others”

As a result, how should we ask others to judge our legacy? Will it be determined by how large our bank account was, what car we drove, the house we lived in or how many times I went out for coffee? I believe not…I believe our legacies will be determined by the character of the children we raise and the impact we had on the lives of the people around us.

So at the start of 2017, I believe it is a good time to consider exactly what legacies we want to leave and reflecting on whether the way we are living our lives will result in that being the outcome.