I think about my Grandfather all the time. Although he passed away nearly 10 years ago, the impression he left has been significant.
My Grandfather was one of the most humble and intelligent men I have ever met. He lived a life dedicated to his family and friends. He attended Harvard for law school and worked downtown San Francisco as one of the lead partners for a firm. He was very successful, but you would never know that from meeting him. I remember him once saying "If it's in the bank, what is the point of showing it off for others to see? Anything beyond what you need to be comfortable is just for your ego." I dont know why, but that has always stuck with me.
I wish I could sit with him today and just talk. I was 19 years old when he passed away, and as I have matured and set a career and path for a family one day, I wish I could just sit with him and talk about life. Would he have suggestion on my life? My career? The direction my life is pointing? I'd love to hear what he had to say.
I can only live my life as he did. Focusing one the issues that matter -- family, friends, relationship -- and give little attention to anything outside of that.