Who I Would Like To Be

Don Ryder - modernI came across an article about a quiet man in Baldwinsville New York who left an estate of $750,000 to local charities for the benefit of his community.  This man has become my new hero; not for the wealth he accumulated or what he left for charity (which are wonderful things), but for how he lived his life.

The article goes into a lot of detail about this gentleman’s life story but I believe it can best be summed up by this quote from a neighbor and friend:

 “He kept his place very, very neat.” said John Kerniski, Ryder’s friend and neighbor since Don Ryder - Servicethe early 1970s. “His house and storage barn were methodically organized. And he was always well-dressed and well-mannered. I think he took pride in being well-presented.”

And there it is; a man who took pride in his home and property treated people with respect and strove to be well-presented in everything he did.  If we all tried to live in this way I am sure that the world would be a much kinder and saner place!