Though my actual 60th birthday was not until March 9th of 2002, on January 1st of '02, I promised myself that I would dedicate my 60th revolution around this planet's sun launching my "ideas" file through anyway possible: Personal effort, angel financing, venture capital, even grand theft larceny. I've been slugging. Today...
It's Time For Legacy Greeting Cards (tm)
Legacy Cards (tm) is an idea which I first conceived in the late '80s. But, due to other business firefights in which I found myself, it was just not the time to loose focus.
The concept is simple: There are many great greeting cards. And while I think that they are all way overpriced, Legacy Geeting Cards (tm) have nothing to do with saving money (though this is a great benefit), but about endearing sentiment -- I call it richness -- gained through the journey and the wishes that previous recipients got and passed along the way with this card. Who knows where this particular Legacy Card will travel? And who knows whose name may appear. A rock star's, a celebrity's, a politician's ... even the President's?
Of course, it's possible that the legacy will be broken... that someone who receives a Legacy Greeting (tm) will not pass it along. That will be unfortunate! No... unlike a chain letter... no curse will befall them. But then again, all of the good wishes accummulated by the card will also not pass on to the legacy breakers loved one or friend (Some Friend!).
The Origins of "Legacies":
My parents instilled in me a strong sense of "heritage and legacy." Without children, I'm always driven in other ways to "create" legacies... not for me individually, but in broader sense by leaving behind something new, or perhaps some thought reframed by insight, or experience. For me... Legacy Greeting Cards is one of other endeavors that fills the bill.
|" It's Joy That Puts You In First Place "
How Does It Work? Also simple!
Physical Card: Legacy Greeting Cards starts with a real card. The particular card which you see above, is a card which I received from Dianne and Bob Hughes for my 60th birthday. Little did they know how close their card matched this effort, or touched me. I am putting it into "play" by sending the physical card back to Bob for his 60th birthay on April 21st. Inside the card, I've created a Legacy Ledger, recording my receipt for them, and my sending to him. And, when Bob sends this card to perhaps a friend (or cousin-in-law, Dave, who is biking into his 60s), he will record his receipt and sending on the card, as I did. There's room for a one line personal greeting... long ones should be included on a separate sheet... or recorded in the comments section of the this card's 60th Birthday Registry.
On the following screen is the public recording this card's odessey. As each person passes along the card, s/he can either fill in the information in the Legacy Guest Box, e-mail me ... or call, if they are not connected to the internet. The card's movement will be recorded by me. In time, if this concept has merits, this "registry" will assume its own life. As I'm certain other people will either learn of this card, or some others will soon attempt to disrespect it, I have made certain that only the messages from card receipients can be posted in this Registry.
Be Sure To Pass Along
The Legacy of Good Wishes
That Came With This Card
* Legacy Greeting Card(s), Legacy Greeting(s) and Legacy Wish(es) are trademarks of John Sottile/Legacy Greeting Cards