When I think of the word legacy, I might see tangible assets being left to my children, family and community. This type of thinking flows from my background in finance, where success is measured in dollar bills.
As a father, I’ve come to see that many of my successes are hidden.
- The conflict not engaged in
- The harsh word not spoken
- The anger not acted upon
Might the absence of certain experiences be a valuable legacy to leave my children?
- The absent father not indulged
- The distant mother not reinforced
- The angry parent not encouraged
- Keeping myself from becoming a casualty in my later years
In working on the above, I might make my kids aware of my faults, my failings and the techniques that helped me manage them.
A different, but valuable, inheritance.