When the last chapter has been read and the book cover of your life closed, will most people feel as if they never had the opportunity to experience your full potential? Will they say that the wisdom gained throughout your life died along with you and therefore the next generation was not able to draw from your resources and years of experience? It is supposed to be that the philosophy and education of the previous generation serves as common sense for the next generation.
The good and bad experiences we have had in our generation are to help the next generation avoid the pitfalls of our time, while embracing the good experiences and improving upon them. Legacies are left behind so that others can experience the passion of the past.
I discovered that the richest place in the world is not the United States; it is not Saudi Arabia; and it certainly is not Holly Wood (Beverly Hills). The wealthiest place in the world is in the most unlikely proximity: the grave yard. More wealth is secured in a small six by three plot of land than the greatest oil producing countries in the world.
Once that wealth of knowledge and wisdom has been permanently stored away in the minds of the deceased, there is no way to unlock it. It is forever lost; and the next generation must suffer from the void of what they cannot realize is absent.
The greatest mentor of my life was a man I both revered and loved. His embracing me as a son unlocked in me more potential than I ever thought I had.
To this day, I am still experiencing the many-sided possibilities because a man, Dr. Turnel Nelson, emptied himself before he went on to be with the Lord. What a legacy! He would often say, “Don’t die full!”
The fruit that grows from the tree of your life experiences is to leave the seeds for those left behind to germinate. Growing older does not translate into stop growing and enjoying life. In fact, growing older suggests the opposite. The longer I am on this earth the more fruit I get to grow and the more seeds I get to drop for those following my example.