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Legacy and Grandchildren – Seeing The Connection

Legacy and Grandchildren – Seeing The Connection

By Richard Weijo  

I have been asked why legacy is so important to me.

My mind immediately wanders to our giggling little granddaughter running through water fountains, and to her adamant insistence that ice cream is a requirement after playing in the park.

I often wonder what she will be doing and where she will be living thirty-or-forty years in the future. Will she be happy?

Legacy is about the gifts us baby boomers will give to future generations.

I realize I can influence the choices this little girl will have a generation or two in the future.

We might do it through the tuition we set aside for a college education.

We might do it through the values we impart, guiding and shaping whether little girls or boys see themselves as intelligent and influential future leaders.

We might accomplish it by our advocacy for quality healthcare and education, a clean and sustainable environment, or future access to the social security and Medicare programs we enjoy today.

You see, each one of our grandchildren should enjoy at least the same benefits we have today. We don’t want to leave them with the remnants of past debts, bad decisions, and a decaying infrastructure.

I am supposedly now retired, whatever that word means. I can expect to live another twenty or twenty-five years.

How should I use my time? Playing golf really isn’t very important to me. We all watch way too much television – our adult pacifier. I can make a difference by volunteering my time to nonprofit organizations, by my advocacy for important causes that will benefit each one of these children. I can leave a legacy of goodness that will touch the very soul of the future.

So why is legacy so important to me? I look at my granddaughter’s brilliant little smile and imagining that it will never fade… and wanting to do my very best to make sure that it doesn’t.

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Richard O. Weijo, PhD, received an undergraduate degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and went on to receive his MBA and PhD degrees from the University of Minnesota. He was an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Richard was also a Senior Analyst at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and his most recent corporate position was as a Manager of market research and Director of customer channels at Portland General Electric. Currently, he is a consultant and a writer. He adores his young granddaughter Elsie, whose birth inspired his book, Our Dreams For Our Children: Creating Legacies That Inspire Each New Generation To Achieve A Brighter Future.

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