To Leave Something Behind

Blog 2291 – 01.29.2022

To Leave Something Behind

With true wisdom comes the desire to leave something behind, something that we perhaps will never get to enjoy, but that others will. It is a far different motivation to save something for others than just for ourselves.

A commitment to the greater good of all is a worthy goal and something worth saving for.

I first heard today’s cover song the first time I watched the 2016 Ben Affleck movie, The Accountant. My son Jay is a CPA, Certified Public Accountant. I marvel at numbers people. I am a word guy, but recognize that we all have different gifts, tastes, and abilities.

Like most parents I hope my son and his wife and their as yet unborn children will live far past my own expiration date. It is unlikely unless my wife Linda wins the lottery, sadly most American’s only real retirement plan, that we will be able to leave a lot of money to our only child and any grandchildren that he and his less that a year bride Lauren bring into this world. But even though a year and a half of COVID shutdown wiped out five years of savings, thanks to being able to refinance our home and a last six month plus away work assignment in Nebraska, June to December last year, we have been able to replace most of that and even put aside money for that week long trip to Paris that my wife Linda and I have long dreamed of taking.

My mother always talked about wanting to see the Grand Canyon. I wish she had taken that trip instead of leaving so much behind for my brother Robert and I to split. I am sure he feels the same. My wife and I still hope to be able to leave a little treasure behind for Jay, Lauren and their children, but I confess that a big motivation for continuing this daily blog is trying to leave behind my best thoughts for my son and any others who may find anything of value in them.

I have a habit as did my story telling dad of repeating myself. Dad retold his most favorite stories so often that he had honed them to perfection. A word guy knows as does a numbers guy that the secret to things adding up is to check, double check, triple check, quadruple check … especially if we really want to leave something worthwhile behind.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

To Leave Something Behind

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