I have a confession to make: I love watching the talent on some of today’s reality shows. It is absolutely wonderful to see every day people working to fulfill their lifelong dreams of turning their passion into a career. Several years ago, on The Voice, Danielle Bradbery, a young lady from Texas who was 16 years old at the time, sang the Judds’ Grammy award winning song - “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)”. She nailed it, but that’s beside the point. I remember it as one of those moments that made me reflect on life. The lyrics really hit home. Take a minute to read them or listen to them yourself via the performance of Miss Bradbery by clicking on the link below:
Grandpa, tell me 'bout the good ole days.
Grandpa, everything is changing fast.
The Judd’s won the Grammy Award for this song in 1987. Isn’t it sadly ironic that 32 years later these same words could be written in a song today and feel appropriate for the world we live in? I suspect that if the song had been written 32 years before 1987, it would have been appropriate then as well. Dennis Peacocke wrote a book called, “Doing Business God’s Way” in which he stresses that the only way our country and our world will get better is by each of us starting in our own homes and own communities. We all want the “good old days,” and Mr. Peacocke is right—it starts with us.
Over the years we have written about numerous ways you can build and leave behind a lasting legacy of these values. Our online learning center has all of them archived so that you can refer to them and brainstorm. Here are some of my favorites as a good place to start:
- Leaving an Intangible Legacy
- The Perfect Investment
- How Do You Measure Your Wealth?
- Who Is Sitting at Your Table?
- Do You Have a Bucket List?
- Giving More
- Real Financial Planning
- Live with Purpose
- Unacceptable Regrets
- Helping Future Generations with Finance
- 6 Things Your Children Need to Know About Money
- Seeking Your Purpose
- Securing Your Family’s Success
There are things that you hold very dear to your heart and they probably are not “things.” Take some time this week to write them down. Then don’t be stingy with them - share them with your family so they can share them with theirs. A coach once told me to write my own obituary. What do I want the people who knew me best to say about me after I am gone? What would you want the people who knew you best to say about you?