In the intro to Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist an alternate story of Narcissus reveals the beauty of one living out their legend. Yes, Narcissus may have taken it to the extremes and karmatically drowned in his self-obsession, but he truly loved his life. That’s the point. He truly loved his life.
The Lake (in which he drowned) realizes this in staring “into the depths of his eyes.” These eyes reveal that Narcissus was so much more than superficial beauty. They remind each other of one another’s magnificent depths which can be narcissistic; however, that’s part of being fully alive.
When we’re fully alive it broadcasts a light for everyone to see. In that light we can see our own reflection and realize how beautiful we are. It’s like Marianne Williamson said: “Your playing small does not serve the world… We were all meant to shine as children do… And as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give others the right to do the same.”
Our actions give others faith to live out their own Personal Legends.