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Retirement Renewal: A Legacy Opportunity

Retirement Renewal: A Legacy Opportunity

By Richard Weijo

I am retired now, and some days are difficult.

For most of my life, I worked hard and felt respected for what I was able to accomplish.

However sometimes when I am sitting at home with my wife, particularly on a dark and rainy Oregon day, I feel marginalized by the world around me.

What is my purpose now?

I used to be up and out of the condo by 6:30 AM, headed to work and managed a busy work schedule.

Now I can have that extra cup of coffee in the morning. While I am glad to no longer spend hours attending meetings, there is always the nagging question – what is the most important thing for me to accomplish today?

When I am feeling sorry for myself, I believe the world around me wants or expects little from me.

When I am feeling this way, I am reminded of my renewal plan. This is my guide on deciding what to do with the rest of my life once I was no longer working. Amongst the fun ideas for vacation and travel, I also included the following goal:

Leave a meaningful legacy

A legacy involves the gifts we give to the future — whether it is a gift of money, property, knowledge, traditions, experiences, or values.

Creating a legacy as loving and caring grandparents can be as simple as taking your grandchild to play in the park, observe animals at the zoo, or learn from the exhibits at the science museum. And I can assure you going to the zoo with a grandchild sure beats work anytime.

Legacy is about helping make sure future generations are happy and successful.

Creating legacy is not just about benefiting the next generation, but also sustaining those benefits for the third and fourth and fifth generations.

An even bigger idea is raised here.

We can all appreciate the benefits a thoughtful legacy will have for our family and friends. But what if we step back and envision the potential benefits created from the legacies of all baby boomers?

There are seventy-six million baby boomers in the United States and close to ten million in Canada. There are countless more in other countries. Just think of the immense power of legacy if we all share our wisdom with the next generation and beyond. If we each commit to thoughtfully sharing our legacy with future generations, we can create opportunities for a brighter future!

Your legacy is what you will be remembered by.

Will you join me and share your legacy with future generations?

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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.