Journey Beyond Self
“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world” – Bill Wilson
One fact is certain regarding money and possessions; we enter this life with none and we will take none with us when we depart, yet so many people seem to be on a quest to accumulate as much as possible during their lifetime.
Then, without wise planning, the default mode is oftentimes to do minimal giving during our lifetimes and leave what is left behind to our children and grandchildren. This scenario can rob of us the significant impact that our lives could of otherwise had in that it fails to benefit mankind in a more profound and far-reaching way. Furthermore, this same value system is passed on to succeeding generations.
Certainly there is nothing wrong in giving to family members. In fact, in some situations, through creative planning, it is possible to benefit the causes that are important to us with little or no reduction to the inheritances received by our children. That being said, a wise giving plan should consider how we can make a difference in the lives of those who may be in greater need as well as to provide resources to those who are in positions to help others. This change in attitude shouldn’t be limited to post-death planning. There is so much more good that can be accomplished during our lives as well. This is not only the result of our direct intervention, but also by instilling a culture of giving in our children and grandchildren so that our values are passed along to future generations. The profound impact of this change in attitude, what we call "Journey Beyond Self", is the initiation of a ripple effect of goodness that can't be measured. If that isn't reason enough, consider the additional bonus we receive by enjoying a more fulfilling life in the here and now.