Plano Public Library Foundation

The Plano Public Library Foundation

Your Legacy

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Bill Langley
Vice President
Glen Pourciau
Reva Bartlett

Friends Liaison
Dr. Christopher Parr

Cindy Bietz
Roger Campbell
Frances Fass
Judy Koehl
Tina Patterson
Roger Toney
Frank Ziebell

Maribelle Davis

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fax: 972.769.4269 (n)   Something that is handed down or remains from a previous generation or time.

By this definition each of us will leave a legacy be it material or ethereal, be it cherished or forgotten, be it profound or just well intentioned.

Have you given any thought to how you will be remembered?

Will your memory be glowing?
Will your lasting gift be meaningful?
Will it expand beyond your family and close circle of friends?
Will it extend beyond a single generation?

The opportunity exists for each of us to participate in the creation of a lasting heritage. How consequential and widespread the influence of your name and works become is also an individual choice.

Truly our first instinct is to rightfully care for the well being of our families. However we each have the occasion to better our community; the very place and people with whom we chose to make our life.

Allow me complete these thoughts with one of my very favorite poems:

Abou Ben Adham by Leigh Hunt

Abou Ben Adham, may his tribe increase
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace

And saw, within the moonlight of his room,
Making it rich, like a lily in bloom

An angel writing in a book of gold.
Exceeding peace had made Abou Ben Adham bold

And to the presence in his room he said
'What writest thou?'

The vision raised its head
And with a look of all sweet accord
Answered: 'The names of those who love the Lord.'

'And is mine one?' said Abu.
'Nay not so' Replied the Angel

Abou spoke more low
But cheerily still and said
'I pray thee then
Write me as one that loves his fellow-men.'

The angel wrote and vanished.

The next night it came again with awaking light
And showed the names of whom love of God had blessed.

And lo! Ben Adham's name led all the rest.

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