The fifth installment of my inspired series is based on a segment of the August 5th episode of Need To Know on PBS.
A lot of us are yearning for safety and security during these troubling times. For some of us, it’s financial, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, or a combination of any or all. However, our own fears get in the way of our destinies because of the assumptions and inherent reactions we have during difficult times.
For example, when the stock market falls, the immediate urge is to flee from the loss. We should take a good look at the underlying principles, motivations, and goals of our original actions first before taking appropriate measures. Over the past few days, many of our 401k portfolios, IRAs, brokerage accounts, and the like have taken a huge hit. However, this is exactly the time to buy more stock that are now discounted. The same can be said in other aspects of our lives. When a difficult moment comes such as – loss of a loved one, loss of job, or any kind of meaningful challenge to our very sense of self – many of us do not think about what can come of it after the initial grief we feel. Sometimes, we just sit and wallow in our own pity and let things spiral out of control. I myself have been at this kind of impasse and low moment in life. I decided to invest at this critical moment in my own well being and in the well being of others and I can testify that I have truly been blessed by the investment.
As such, this quote really spoke to me even though it was a quote based on investing in urban parks in cities struggling with budget shortfalls.
“If you have the gumption to invest during hard times, the benefits you will reap when times improve will be magnificent.” – derived and paraphrased from the founder of “Friends of the High Line”
Allow your mind to roam for a bit.
Imagine, you have a struggling city that is slashing public employees’ benefits, police staffing, and the like, but at the same time squeezing funds to invest in public spaces that cost $153 million and returns about $2 billion in direct investment back into the community through jobs, small business growth, housing, etc.
Now humor me and draw a parallel with an individual’s circumstances of lets say…loss of a loved one and loss of a job. After going through the grief of it all, you decide to invest in the family and friends still here on this earth. You decide to love with more energy and focus than ever before. You decide to not take things for granted and to invest in yourself in a way that stretches your capacity to love more. At the same time, you lost your job and went on unemployment, but you decide to give of your time and treasure to worthy causes in spite of your own difficult financial circumstances. The ultimate reward may be the connection, the encouragement, and the vision to pick up and do something totally different than you originally planned and it is working out quite well. Restoration is coming your way. Be inspired to invest even when it doesn’t seem like you can because: trouble doesn’t last always.