Some time ago my wife and I spent two very restful days in Smithfield, Va. Across the street from our lodging, we enjoyed walking through the Windsor Castle Park. Joseph Luter, III, founder and former CEO of Smithfield Foods, invested 7.2 million dollars in over 200 acres of land, developed this beautiful park, and donated it to the town.
The story of this generous gift sparked my thinking about legacy. Not in the sense of being remembered or honored, but about lasting benefit for those I love. I want to leave behind memories and values that will be a blessing.
People will be able to enjoy this park far into the future. Children not yet born may walk along its paths and trails. I had to ask myself, What am I leaving behind that will have a lasting benefit? How much time do I invest in things of value/waste on the trivial? What will be my legacy?