Often times, when people are approached to give financially, their mind goes to a place where they ask themselves do I have enough? Am I OK? These are simple questions to measure. As wealth is in the eyes of the beholder, it does not matter how much one has. It is all relative. Most people do not possess an internal gauge to assess these questions and then have an affirmative, or not, level of confidence. The emotional side of us goes into protective mode and if one is unsure, they feel that they may not have enough.
In my previous blog, I asked myself what does legacy mean? For me, it was finding anchors based on love for others, special places, and somehow, my place in it. To be specific, it was the love for my girls that pushed me along my first steps. I guess the next step is to figure out how to express, in some way tangible, that which you hold dear. In layman’s terms, do something.
As I began to think about this blog post, I became a bit excited. I wanted to start with the notion of Legacy because I have had these thoughts going through my mind for quite some time. Just before I started, I Googled “Legacy” & “Legacy Planning”, and it all had to do with what and how someone leaves something to another when they are dead. I am not going to let this dampen or dismay me. My notion includes more than that.
Over the past year, I have been involved in a variety of different projects. One specific new project was to delve into “Sustainable Investing” and create investment portfolios that maintain investment veracity and reflect certain values. Instead of delving into definitions and concepts, let me tell you the story on how I jumped into this.
At a Kansas Land Trust meeting I was asked to explore ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance factors) for their portfolios. As I knew this would be a learning curve, I logged some hours with industry experts to gain insight and came to understand a few things. Most relevant point is to understand the values that the client holds dear. It is my job to support those passions, whatever they may be.