CHAPTER 9Leaving Your Legacy

Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.

—Shannon L. Alder

We all want to leave some sort of a legacy. It is human nature. One of the most natural ways to do that is through our children. We create, mold, and shape them. We instill them with our family values and stories. We look forward to seeing our children’s children, our nieces and nephews, and our cousins’ children, and we think of the continuation of our family name and genetics. We think about how to best articulate our values to our children so that they will continue our legacy. But there are many other ways we can leave a legacy, and Baby Boomers are as interested in this ...

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