Last night we had a barbecue at our house with a group of old friends and new. A couple of young families were a part of the fun. The littlest girl of three spent the evening walking around in my high heels while the other kids ran in the backyard and played on the neighbor’s trampoline. A rousing game of bags (a/k/a bean bag toss or corn hole) occupied some people while others simply sat on the patiLife’, enjoying being together on the perfect summer evening.
These simple pleasures in life point us to the things that really matter. It is about being together and caring for each other. It is about being supportive, encouraging and honest. When our kids were small we realized it really did take a village to raise children and we were incredibly grateful to be a part of the village of church, family and friends that surrounded us. It wasn’t possible for us as parents to be everything and everyone our children needed at various points in time. We leaned on the Grandmas and Grandpas, the aunts and uncles, the friends and step-sisters who were there with the exact right word at the exact right time.
This season, with the longer evenings before twilight, seems like a perfectly good time to focus on what really matters in this world. Who are the important people in your life? Are you taking advantage of opportunities to be supportive, sharing your wisdom and good humor? Is there someone you know who could use the gifts you have to share?
This is also a good time to review the legacy plans you have in place, or create plans if you don’t. What kind of legacy do you want to leave? Does your will or trust reflect your current desires to take care of family and community? We can be the village taking care of our family and causes even beyond our lifetimes. Now that is a legacy to consider!
If CTC can help you think through your legacy plans, or if you would like assistance in creating your plan, please contact us.
Ann Wiesbrock, CFP®