CRAIG GLAZER CONSIDERS LEGACY!!!
TKC NOTE: As the Summer comes to a conclusion, tonight out pal Craig Glazer considers the big questions and not only advocates a bit of contemplation but also public service. Check it:
What We Leave Behind Us
Even as children we start to think about what our lives will mean to not only us but others. The ones we will leave behind when its our time to go. We are all on that bus.
One doesn't have to be rich or famous to make their mark. Not at all. We all make terrible mistakes as we grow up even after we grow up. Sometimes its those mistakes that can define our past and help someone else's future. In most cases our children.
Trying to keep up with the 'Jones' is never the way. There is no THE BEST. Seeing in each one of our lives what matters and has staying power is the ticket. Lord knows I am not a good example.
We can all contribute to the next group. Not only our children but the areas future. We all know teachers don't get enough credit, but we are all teachers to someone.
Some say our lives matter little in the big picture. I sure can see that point of view. I mean in world history nobody was bigger than the Roman Empire..the sun never set on the British Empire..so on til we, America came along. Yet today most people can't name ten Romans or ten Englishmen from those once towering nations. Time washes everything away. The richest the smartest the most powerful in time are all forgotten.
I was in Westwood California a few years back, visiting my pals gravesite. It was one he bought when he was a young man. Today it would have been way too expensive for him. Buried near Aaron Binder, my pal, were Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe, she was in a tomb. I thought boy they don't seem so important now. Nobody seems to care. Well that may be a bit over the top, but nobody was around so it seemed that way.
For those of us like myself who don't have their own children, I believe we need to invest time with other peoples youngsters in charities, speeches about what we have learned and participate in some positive way so their future can be brighter than our lives have been. In my case my brother and I have worked hard on his two boys to make sure they didn't repeat our mistakes. Today we are so proud of them, A+ students in high school and one in college, both student athletes and great young men. Way better than we were.
While nothing lasts forever we can try and fix todays problems by helping todays youth. Tomorrow's issues in Kansas City will be different, I hope.
My poor choices at times have been the subject I speak about to young people in schools and in charity work I have done so for many years now. No its not enough. As I get older I want to do more. We all have a story to tell, a life we lived with ups and downs, lessons in life. In the end that's all we can really leave behind that can last.