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You Can't Take It with You

I heard a fascinating story recently about an old man who wrote two wills before he died. The first will included two letters: the first letter contained his instructions to his family on what to do with certain aspects of his life: his goods, his homes, his money, etc. At the bottom of the letter, he wrote: "I am asking that you bury me in my favorite green socks."

After he died, the family read the letter and prepared him to be buried. But the cemetery where he was to be laid wouldn’t allow him to go into the ground wearing the socks. The family pleaded, but to no avail.

When they got home from the funeral, they opened the second letter. Much to their surprise, they read: “See! I couldn’t even have a pair of socks when I left!”

It’s a funny story, and apparently a true one. But it shows us that the bottom line of being is that the only thing we can take with us is the energy we create from the things we have done from our own efforts. That is what we bring with us into our next lifetime.

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