Ethical Will Examples: Extended Collection Written by people at different stages of life

Ethical Will of an Unknown Mother

The author is a mother in her 40’s. This ethical will is from the article “Ethical Wills: Passing on Treasures of the Heart” by Robert Flashman, M. Flashman, L. Noble, and S. Quick, published in The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues 3.3 (1998): 33 pars. 29 December 1998.
Dear Kids,

I won’t take up much of your time. I know I wasn’t around much while you were growing up, so why should I preach to you now?

My wish is that you do not make the mistake of staying in a job that consumes your life, especially if the job offers you nothing more than financial security. You will just end up stressed out, emotionally drained, and most importantly, ten to twenty years of your life will be behind you, used up, never to be relived.

Obi, please continue to pursue your interests in community service and acting; Abdul, I hope you stick with the violin and music which bring you so much happiness. If you both focus on things that are important to you, failures may come, but they will be fewer.

Don’t let yourselves be easily discouraged. If you gauge your achievements on those of others, you will most likely be disappointed. Stand on your own merit and accomplishments. Trust me on this one; I know from experience.

I will always be proud of both of you. Stay true to yourselves and give your best effort. As you know, I have left you both money to cover your college education. Use this time to study things that interest you. Don’t try to live up to the expectations of others as I did. Pursue your chosen path, and use your college education to get you started.

Love always,

Mom