How do you fit your mold?
Grandfather says life can be thought of as a mold, different for each of us, but constraining, whether we like it or not.
The key to happiness, in his opinion, is to live in the right mold.
Grandfather’s mold is individual activity. Collective effort is limited to family matters and occasional temporary troubleshooting for an organization.
Of course, his individual activity is chronicled throughout the Grandfather Says series of articles.
Grandfather says he can give you an example of a collective effort: The local health clinic was part of a collection of clinics, run by a doctor who redistributed the income from our financially successful clinic to others less so, which I (and others) thought was not fair. So, Grandfather joined their board and it sued for its independence (working toward independence and liberty always was Grandfathers mold).
Our clinic won and its board was reconstituted as free-standing; Grandfather stayed on it until some infrastructure improvements were finished (again, construction fits his mold) — then he walked.
Others, whose mold is day-to-day cooperative effort, stayed on.
About the Author: RD Blakeslee is an octogenarian in West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.
Photos: Courtesy of the Blakeslee Family