Forgive the delay-Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving–this is still timely as we are in the midst of the holiday season-Thanks for understanding!–Rochelle Falk
Kim’s blog from November:
With Thanksgiving a few days away, we all are busy planningfor a day shared with family and friends, a day filled with great food,tradition and company. It’s easy to get lost in the trips to the grocery store,the hours of preparation and the scents of the holiday season. However, it isalso easy to forget that Thanksgiving is a perfect time to reflect on yourlife, today, in your future and your legacy.
While many articles today suggest you take an opportunitywhile the family is gathered to discuss your end of life planning, your healthcare directive and trust, many forget the legacy. As you look around your tablethis year, look at the generations, the history and the stories untold. Toooften we are so concerned with the tangible or monetary gift we leave behindbut forget the importance of sharing the family recipe which has passed downfor generations, sharing our stories of our ancestors and explaining ourfamily’s journey.
After you pass, the painting on the wall will still remain,the family silver will still be in the cupboard, however, those items aresimply tangible unless you also share its importance, its history and the joythe item has brought you over the years.
You have already planned to financially assist your heirs,but have you shown them how to make your famous pie or shown them how to carvethe turkey? Have you shown them how to set the table for Thanksgiving,explaining how the Thanksgiving china has passed through generations? Have youexplained the trials and tribulations you have experienced in your life, yourcareer and your relationships and the important lessons you took away?
Take time this Thanksgiving to really listen to your lovedones, have meaningful conversation and share in love and laughter. Theseconversations will last a lifetime and in the end, should make any gift youleave, more meaningful and more special.