June is the month that my third child was born by Cesarean-section. And although it is a very special day for him, it is even more so for me. 19 years ago, during surgery, the Dr’s lost a patient for a few moments. Those moments were just long enough for me to understand that we are here for a deeper purpose. It took me days to get over it, but now, years later, seeing all that has happened between then and now, I understand why I was pulled back.
How can we possibly know what is going to happen 20 years from now? Or in the time that it takes to get there? Although we ought to live for the moment and enjoy every day in its entirety, we also have to keep our eyes glancing into the future. If we don’t prepare for what is coming our way, we could be caught in a bad situation.
You can look at your financial planning for your future in the same way. Life Insurance, Retirement Savings, College Savings. Make sure you’re reevaluating your plans so that you are secure when you get where you’re headed! Sit down with your advisors: Attorney, CPA, Financial Person and even your Spiritual Advisor, to make sure that you are planning and preparing for what’s next in the best way you are able.
I volunteered at the Flying Pig this year at the Delete Blood Cancer booth to encourage people to sign up to be a marrow donor. Our goal was 1000 swabs and we reached and exceeded our goal! It’s a simple swab of the inside of your mouth, nothing else, to save a life. (Curious? www.deletebloodcancer.org).
While I was volunteering, thoughts were, what motivates one person to be a giver and the other to not to consider giving in any manner at all? Is it genetic? I tend to give and give of my time, my energy and my thoughts. I share, help and reach out. There are others that I know, even those who I know very well, who have never donated time or money. Ever. I was so angry watching so many people walk by and not even take notice. So often I wonder and wonder why others just don’t care!
We’re all different, and what is especially hard for me is to remember that not everyone is like me. Only I see the world through my eyes. Others have a different view. Their eyesight is their own, and their emotions are affected differently by their surroundings and what is happening to them. Who knows what is motivating each of their steps. Which of them is guided by fear or being influenced by someone else’s choices in their lives. I need to remind myself that I and they are unique.
Everyone’s situation is unique. Whether it’s how you invest your time or your money. Each situation ought to be reviewed and evaluated so that the individual is comfortable with their choices. Give or not. Invest aggressively or conservatively. We’re all unique and we need to do what will make us happy.
There will come a time when you find you will need to let go of the past. Let go of ideas, projects, friends, investments. There may be sentimental value to what needs letting go, and the underlying thought that circumstances might change, will make it hard to separate what you need to do, from what your heart is telling you. You’ve tried to follow the recommended guidelines, but you held on anyway. “The market will come back.” “It’s such a great idea!” “She needs me.” ~ Get real.
Let it go!
Remember, you aren’t married to that idea, that friend or that investment. If something is telling you that you need to get rid of it, start over, or cut the ties with a draining relationship, then you need to do that. For your sanity, and the sanity of those who are near you, love you and believe in you.
Trust your instinct and just let it go.
Why am I starting out my blog with this? Fresh beginnings are how I got to where I am today. My life changed drastically over the last years, and I have survived and grown through all those changes. Holding on to something only held me back from growth! Growth in my job, my family, my finances. Growth in my ideas, my ambitions and my values.
This blog will be a reflection of my life beliefs and thoughts on what I value. I want to reach out to help you, guide you and maybe my suggestions, ideas and thoughts on various subjects may encourage you and help you along your path.