If I were to leave a legacy for my grandkids, it would be this: books are cool. Reading books help us to discover where we all have come from and where we are going. Most of all discover who you are. What is most important to you and why it matters. “Know thy self” someone once said.
Put down your shiny metal device and read a book. Turn the paper pages. Smell the printer’s ink. Write something in the margins. Dog ear the pages you especially liked. Or if you have to, download a book on your device.
Then let it all sink in and challenge your brain. To know the past is to reveal the present. And give creation for the future. Read old classics. Read Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Robert Frost, Jane Austin, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Jack London, and more. Read Gone with the wind, Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Thorn birds, Roots, Gods and Generals, Winds of War, M*A*S*H, Hawaii, The Holy Bible, and more. Read about Abraham Lincoln, Abigail Adams, Teddy Roosevelt, John F Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Mickey Mantle, James Garner, Sandra Day O’Connor, Steve Martin, Michelle Obama, Jesus Christ, and others.
All of these marvelous books and authors to place a frame around where we’ve been and how we got here. And hopefully to give you a road map to where you wish to go. Trying to answer the question, “Who am I?” Who do I want to be? Who do I relate to? Give depth and definition to your life. Read. Read a book. Are you listening Grandkids?