Everyone must leave something behind when he dies. RIP Ray Bradbury

I love this quotation. I’m trying to live my life like this every day.

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.

It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”

― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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About Robert Raines

I manage Chevron's analytics and insights group. Previously, I led Chevron's corporate digital and social media, ran product management at E-Loan, managed acquisition marketing at Pacific Bell Wireless, and brand-managed food products at Quaker Oats. I'm a dad, husband, son, amateur photographer and videographer, folk music lover, 4-chord guitarist, and coffee geek, not in any particular order. Always curious, I'm a chronic learner ready for the next adventure.
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