Whitney Houston Dies at 48 – What’s Your Legacy?

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As I was sitting here preparing for the huge onslaught of papers tomorrow, the news broke on the TV that singer Whitney Houston died today at the age of 48. It seems like only yesterday that Michael Jackson passed away and now this. Both singers are icons from my childhood. I have listened to their music as an adult. It is almost surreal when you hear news like that. It also forces you to stop and think. What would the report sound like if it came across the news: David Carothers dead at the age of 38.

What have I done with my life? What can I do going forward? How will I be remembered? How do I want to be remembered?

Like Whitney Houston, I’m Glad I Can Bring Some Joy to Others

Every night that I go to bed, I thank God for all I have been blessed with. A beautiful wife, three awesome little boys and anything and everything I need to survive. Yes, OK, I will admit it, I thank God for the Wiz Kids too. I am truly humbled to have to opportunity to use some of the gifts I have been given to help make a difference in peoples’ lives. I am honored that every day, people come back to learn how to save and budget. I am thankful that people tune in to our webinars to hear me rant and rave about household finance and couponing. I feel like I have a purpose in life, so thank you for that.

How do I want to be remembered? I want to be remembered as a good, loving husband who provided for his wife and who remained best friends with her until the day I finally passed away. I want to be remembered as an awesome dad who always put the needs of my children ahead of my own. I want to be remembered as a dad whose discipline, work ethic and morals are reflected every day in the actions of my children and grandchildren. I want to be remembered as someone that made the most out of what he had. I want to be remembered for being financially free and clear of the bondage of debt. I want to be remembered as someone who was passionate about helping others. I want to be thought of as selfless and willing to go the extra mile to make a difference in the world. I want to be remembered as someone who always made the right decision even in the face of unpopularity. I wanted to be remembered differently than Whitney Houston, obviously, but remembered all the same.

Memories I Hope I Leave Behind

To me, the moral and ethical memories that I can etch in the minds of people is what will matter most. Nowhere will you hear me say that I want to be known as the guy with the huge house or the nice car. Those things don’t matter to me. It’s how I have been able to pay it forward that matters most. Just like with Whitney Houston’s, death is a somber time whether you personally know the person or not. We are impacted by the death of celebrities as they have shaped society at large. In my mind though, it’s how we handle ourselves every single day with the mundane tasks of life that truly defines who we are. I know how I want to be remembered. The real question is: Can I do the little things day in and day out that will assure that type of eulogy?

What are your goals?  What is your legacy?


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