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Ethical Will

Ask Carrie: Want to Pass on Your Values as Well as Your Assets? Consider an Ethical Will.

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 12.19.2016 | Business
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Dear Carrie, I've started to hear the term "ethical will." Can you explain what that is, and what it does? --A Reader Dear Reader, This is a tim...

#119 Blessings: The Foundation of Legacy Writing

Rachael Freed | Posted 04.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rachael Freed

(HONORING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF PRINCE, 1958 - 2016) Blessing our children is as old as Genesis: Jacob blessed his twelve grown sons before h...

#117 Legacy: Linking the Past and the Future Through Story

Rachael Freed | Posted 03.10.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Rachael Freed

As storytelling beings, we are captivated by stories, particularly those that are connected to us. Stories we write about our families - our ancestors...

The Legacies of Autumn #111

Rachael Freed | Posted 08.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rachael Freed

Reflection When August's Tips&Tools about PLAY evoked so many reader responses, I decided to share just a few before we move to September's ...

Legacy Writing: Gratitude for Life and Health

Rachael Freed | Posted 07.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rachael Freed

This month I propose we reflect and write to loved ones about gratitude, beginning with the little things, the things we take for granted, like the mi...

How to Write an Ethical Will: A Love Letter to Future Generations

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 04.19.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

An ethical will is used to pass on personal values, beliefs, blessings, and advice to future generations. It is a way to tell stories and share your memories.

The Irony of Intelligence

Steven Abernathy | Posted 01.31.2015 | Fifty
Steven Abernathy

The smartest, most successful, highly effective people understand how to distinguish and separate that which is critically important (and in their control) from that which ultimately won't make a critical difference -- or, is outside of their circle of competence and control. It's an important distinction.

Harvesting the Light: Legacy for the Holidays

Rachael Freed | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

The days are getting shorter, the nights longer and darker. Temperatures are falling, but when our perspective is legacy and we warm our hearts and th...

The Legacy of Community

Rachael Freed | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

I recently worked with a women's book club. They'd chosen of my three Legacy books, The Legacy Workbook for the Busy Woman. I invited them to read cha...

Legacy: Read, Read, Read

Rachael Freed | Posted 09.06.2014 | Home
Rachael Freed

What better way to share values, to let ourselves be known to the next generation, than by sharing our love of reading?

How Is a Family's Legacy Preserved? If There's an Ethical Will, There's a Way

Steven Abernathy | Posted 07.20.2014 | Fifty
Steven Abernathy

An ethical will communicates beliefs, ideas and life-defining experiences which, when unwritten, often go unknown.

Legacies Through the Decades

Rachael Freed | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Take time to reflect and write about who you are and were, in earlier periods of your life. Divide the time in any way that fits your life and the stages you moved into and out of through your years and because of your unique experiences.

The Legacy of Dreams

Rachael Freed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Why I share this personal dream: at this season, as we move every day toward more dark than light, we have the opportunity to dream more, to reflect on our interior lives, and to pay attention to our dreams.

Fearless Moral Inventory

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

I'm sure you can think immediately of situations, both in the news, and in your own life, where it would help for someone to face with humility his or her own lapses and shortcomings.

Legacy Letters and Charitable Giving

Rachael Freed | Posted 12.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Often we feel overwhelmed and defeated by the size and numbers of needs and requests. Rather than throw up our hands in despair, we must do what we can and then a bit more.

Legacy: Learning to Let Go

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Summer naturally and gently lets go to autumn's gradual birth. Days are shorter, nights are cooler, farmers and squirrels harvest, trees dress up in t...

A Legacy of Beauty

Rachael Freed | Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Beauty nourishes life. Let's let our beautiful words awaken our loved ones to the beauty in their lives. Let's be aware that as we express the myriad ways beauty enriches our lives, we participate with the sun in beautifying these long last days of summer.

Write a Legacy Letter Today!

Rachael Freed | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

The model provides a four-part structure to make writing legacy letters simple, uniquely personal, and meaningful. A one-page letter written in no more than 15 to 30 minutes using this model can be completed in four paragraphs.

The Legacy of Our Favorite Stories

Rachael Freed | Posted 07.02.2013 | Home
Rachael Freed

There will be those who'll argue that a tablet or a video can do the same things, but there's something so tactile, so wonderful about holding a book, turning it around to show its pictures, holding one side of the book and a child gripping the other, turning paper pages.

Death Cafe Or Sacred Conversation?

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

To ask, as we do, how we want our bodies to be treated after death gives us the opportunity to learn what Jewish tradition has said for generations.

Seeking Wisdom From Our Families During the Holidays: Genesis 47:28-50:26

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 02.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Too rarely do we appreciate these cheery winter holidays as an opportunity for spiritual engagement, life review or reflection. Even more rarely do we pause to realize that the family and friends with whom we spend these celebrations are more than fellow partygoers, but potential sources of inspiration for our lives.

Civility: A Legacy of Peace

Rachael Freed | Posted 12.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Only we can recognize our own uncivil thoughts, words, and actions, understand our own failures of trust and fear of difference. Only we can replace them with understanding, compassion, and love.

Legacy: Sharing Life Lessons

Rachael Freed | Posted 09.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

One significant purpose for writing our legacies is to extract the lessons we've learned from our experience, from our "stories," to pass them forward to future generations.

Legacy Blessings: Honoring Our Mothers on Mother's Day

Rachael Freed | Posted 07.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

This Mother's Day, each of us -- with our unique and complicated relationships with our mothers -- has the privilege and the obligation to articulate our honoring and revering in a legacy letter.

Legacy: Making a Difference

Rachael Freed | Posted 06.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Whether you're the original creator of a legacy gift or you volunteer to be but a tiny cog in a great project, you can make a difference in others' lives.